Idaho Victim Services helps victims stay informed

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BOISE, April 13 − This is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a week dedicated to promoting victims’ rights, and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.   

The Idaho Department of Correction and the Idaho Commission for Pardons and Parole are highlighting the week by formally announcing the creation of a unit that helps promote victims’ rights by helping victims stay informed.  

“We take our commitment to serving victims very seriously,” says Sandy Jones, executive director of the Commission for Pardons and Parole. “We want to make it easier for victims to exercise their rights when the person who hurt them comes up for parole.” 

The Commission’s victim coordinator helps victims navigate their way through the offender’s parole hearing process. The victim coordinator attends hearings with the victims, their families and other involved parties. If the victim does not wish to attend the hearing, the victim coordinator will relay information to the Commission on the victim’s behalf.  

“The Commission’s victim coordinator will communicate to the Commission information about the impact the crime has had on you and your life, and ensure your letters are not shared with the offender,” Jones says. 

The Department of Correction’s victim coordinator assists the victim of record register for important notifications via VINElink, track inmate housing changes, and enforce no contact and restitution orders during the prison sentence; additionally, provides notification in the event of inmate prison release, inmate escape, and inmate death.    

“Our mission is to protect the people of Idaho and help keep communities safe,” says IDOC’s director, Kevin Kempf.

“One of the ways we can do that is by making it easier for victims to access the tools they need to stay informed.” 

For more information about Victim Services visit: https://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/prisons/victim_services or http://parole.idaho.gov/victims.html   

Story published: 04/13/2016
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