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Victim Service Unit Mission

To provide information, assistance, and support to victims of crime and other concerned parties whose offenders are in the custody of the Alaska Department of Corrections. These services will be administered with respect and compassion.

Dear Concerned Citizen,

If you are reading this letter, it may be that you or someone you know or love has been a victim of crime. Most victims feel confused and overwhelmed when confronted with the criminal justice system as a result of a crime. There are many new terms and procedures to learn while trying to cope with the emotional and physical impact of the offense.

If the offender is sentenced to prison or community supervision, you will begin your journey into the justice system of the Department of Corrections (DOC). The DOC Victim Service Unit works to reduce the confusion and frustration you might otherwise feel by providing you clear and useful information. Our staff serves to gently guide you through the complex steps of the incarceration and supervision periods.

We'd like to invite you to explore our victim service unit website. You will find information about how we got started, what programs and services we are able to provide you, and links to other victim service agencies and referral resources around the state. We've tried to address the questions and concerns most frequently brought to our attention, but if you don't find the answers or information you are looking for here, please feel free to contact one of our local DOC offices or the Victim Service Unit for timely assistance.

Most Sincerely,

Victim Service Unit

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Crime victims, as defined by law, shall have the following rights as provided by law: the right to be reasonably protected from the accused through the imposition of appropriate bail or conditions of release by the court; the right to confer with the prosecution; the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness during all phases of the criminal and juvenile justice process; the right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused; the right to obtain information about and be allowed to be present at all criminal or juvenile proceedings where the accused has the right to be present; the right to be allowed to be heard, upon request, at sentencing, before or after conviction or juvenile adjudication, and at any proceeding where the accused's release from custody is considered; the right to restitution from the accused; and the right to be informed, upon request, of the accused's escape or release from custody before or after conviction or juvenile adjudication.

The Victim Service Unit will strive to reduce victimization through education within an environment of integrity, fairness, compassion, dignity and respect.

The Department of Corrections has been concerned about the needs of victims for many years. Providing victim notification and public information regarding offenders has been common practice at the department. In addition, for several years, DOC has provided training on victim issues through its annual regional trainings and its Probation and Parole Officer Academy.

  • DOC/Health & Social Services (H&SS) sponsored a Victim's Conference in 1997 that addressed in earnest the needs of crime victims. The conference was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Victims of Crime.
  • In 1998, the Division of Probation and Parole determined that it was time to hire a full-time victim service coordinator to assist victims of crime. Originally funded by a VOCA grant administered through the Alaska Counsel on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, (CDVSA) a coordinator was hired in 1999.
  • It was also during this same period of time that DOC was tasked with setting up and managing an automated victim information system that would allow victims to register from their homes. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program automatically notifies registered victims by phone when their offender is released from prison.
  • In 2000, the DOC absorbed the victim service coordinator position and the CDVSA came through again by providing funding for a Criminal Justice Technician to work victim services.
  • In 2001, victim services became the Victim Service Unit of the Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole. With the help of DOC management and staff, other state and federal agencies and a multitude of assistance from victim service agencies across the state, a variety of projects and victim services have been undertaken.