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Victim's Rights While the Defendant is in Prison or on Probation

You have the right to be informed promptly if a defendant is to be released on probation or furlough. Probation is time served in the community in which the defendant has to follow certain conditions, and is supervised by a Corrections officer. Furlough is time served in the community with greater restrictions and more supervision by a Corrections officer.

You should also be notified of a defendant's escape, recapture, death, pardon, or if the sentence is made less severe. If you want this information. you need to fill out a "Release Notification Form" and send it to the Corrections department. The Victim Advocate can help with this. You need to update the information on the form every time you change your address.

You have the right to be notified of the terms of the defendant's release into the community.

If you request it, you can be told of the defendant's general compliance with conditions of probation.

Parole is an inmate's early release from prison under certain conditions. The parole board determines if it's appropriate for a defendant to be released from prison earlier than his or her minimum release date. If the sentence was one with a minimum and maximum time to serve, the inmate is entitled to a hearing before the parole board once he or she has served the minimum sentence, less any reductions for "good" time served. In most other cases, the inmate is entitled to a first parole hearing six months after the sentence begins, minus reductions for "good" time, and at least one time a year after that.

You may make your views known to the board, in person or by letter. You should be informed by the Department of Corrections 30 days before a defendant's parole board hearing is scheduled.

You have the right to speak to the parole board or give a written statement. Unless you permit it, the defendant may not be present while you speak to the parole board, although he or she has the right to know what you have written or said.