Can victims affect parole decisions?

In many states, victims or their surviving family members have a right to be notified that the prisoner who harmed them is eligible for parole and has an upcoming parole hearing. Victims and such family members can submit their views to the parole board either in writing or by making a personal appearance at the hearing.

Victims of potential parolees can find more information at the Department of Justice's Victim Witness Program.

For more information on parole generally, see The Basisc of Parole.

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