Victim Parole Input
Victims have various options for providing input into the parole process including attending a parole interview, speaking with a Parole Commissioner prior to an offender's parole interview or submitting a written impact statement for the Parole Commissioner to read and consider. While the Parole Commission values all forms of victim input, participating in the parole process is completely voluntary. Please see the descriptions below for more information on the various opportunities for providing input. Feel free to call the Office of Victim Services and Programs (OVSP) for more information or to schedule attendance at a parole interview or conference with a Parole Commissioner.
A victim has a right to attend a parole interview per s. 304.06(1)(eg) Wis. Stats. Attendance can be in person, by telephone or by videoconference. Victims are never required to attend a parole interview. It is the choice of each individual victim whether or not to attend. If a victim chooses to attend a hearing, a victim advocate from the OVSP will accompany the victim throughout the entire process.
Conference with Parole Commissioner
Another option is to ask to discuss the case with a Parole Commissioner at a time and place outside of the actual parole interview. This could be accomplished through a telephone call or an actual face-to-face meeting. Please contact the OVSP to coordinate a conference.
Written Parole Input
Victims may choose to submit a written statement about the impact of the crime. All such statements will be reviewed by the Parole Commissioner prior to the parole interview and will be kept in a confidential file afterwards. All statements with a return address will receive a confirmation notice.
Victim Notification about Upcoming Parole Hearings
Victims enrolled with the OVSP's VOICE system will receive notice about the offender's upcoming parole interview. This notice is typically sent two months before the scheduled parole interview.