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Resources for Victim Service Providers - General

This three-hour national discussion and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) focuses on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry process. Current points in the criminal justice reentry continuum where victims can and should have a voice are explored. By including victims we can obtain more balanced information about the offender and their offense history which can positively impact reentry decisions. This approach can result in better outcomes for the community, offenders and victims through enhanced offender accountability, increased victim satisfaction, and community safety.

During this program, presenters will: identify the value of involving victims throughout the offender reentry process, while ensuring victims’ rights are addressed; address corrections professionals concerns regarding interacting with victims and addressing issues of confidentiality; provide tips, tools and strategies for integrating victims into the reentry process; and identify resources, collaborative partnerships and funding opportunities for including victims in reentry programs.

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This webpage offers a place where victim service providers and allied professionals can connect to peers, share ideas about best practices, and view current and past discussions on key topics.

A series of eight fact sheets on topics related to crime victims and victims’ needs throughout the community corrections process. These fact sheets address a range of issues, including the role of community corrections in serving those victimized by crime, incorporating victim input into community supervision, victim notification, restitution collection and enforcement, family violence, and more.

Over the past three decades, the rate of exonerations has more than doubled, growing from an average of 24 per year from 1989 through 1999 to an average of 52 per year from 2000 through 2010 (Gross & Shaffer, 2012). While significant strides have been made to identify and assist wrongfully convicted individuals in gaining their freedom and transitioning to life after exoneration, little is known about the experiences of victims during this process. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice funded ICF International to conduct an exploratory study examining victim1 experiences in cases of wrongful conviction in order to begin to fill this gap in knowledge. This report documents the methodology and findings from the study, and examines the implications for practice and policy.

National Criminal Justice Association webinar recording. Co-sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, this webinar will explore crime victims’ concerns, rights and services throughout pretrial justice.

The Victim Service Program Evaluation project assesses current services and works to demonstrate to funding sources and the public the purpose and impact of services provided to victims of crime. It is intended to serve as a guide for victim service agencies wanting to embark on the process of evaluating the services they provide.

This Q&A from The PEW Charitable Trusts talks about reforms to improve victim services as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

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