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ODOC Contact Information
ODOC Victim Services Contact Information
Gary Sims Karen Roddy
Gary Sims, Sr. MA, Theology;
M. Ed; MBA
Religious Services Administrator
2575 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-945-9231
503-947-1061 fax
Gary.Sims@doc.state.or.us
Karen Roddy
Victim Services Coordinator
82911 Beach Access Road
Umatilla, OR 97882
541-922-6091
Toll Free: (888) 749-8080
541-922-2088 fax

VINE
Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE)
 
VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday

VINE is a free and anonymous telephone service designed to provide two important features to crime victims: information and notification. VINE is available to callers 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Facilitated Dialogue Program
Facilitated Dialogue Program for Victims/Survivors of Serious and Violent Crime and their Incarcerated Offenders.
 
This program is a free service developed by the Coalition of Oregon Victim Offender Mediation Programs (COVOMP) in collaboration with victim advocacy groups, Department of Justice Victim Assistance Services and the Oregon Department of Corrections.  


COVOMP began development of the program in 2000 when crime victims/survivors asked to participate in a dialogue process with the inmate convicted of the crime that impacted them. The committee created a set of protocols by which a crime victim/survivor could engage in a safe and meaningful dialogue process with the inmate who harmed them.
 
Key components of facilitated dialogue in cases of serious and violent crime:

  • The process is initiated and driven by the victim/survivor .
  • Participation is voluntary for both parties.
  • The inmate's cooperation and participation will have absolutely no impact or influence on his or her sentence.
  • The dialogues are facilitated by professionally trained volunteers with backgrounds in victim-offender mediation or other related fields.
  • A DOC program coordinator ensures consistent and accurate communication among all dialogue participants (parties, institutional liaison, facilitators, party support persons and care providers).
  • Facilitated dialogue processes are confidential unless all parties agree otherwise in writing.
  • Pre-dialogue preparation, including careful screening of parties, working with institutional liaisons to ensure safety, and identifying appropriate support networks is a critical part of the process and can take months or even years to complete.
  • Post-dialogue follow-up is essential to a successful process. This could include assistance in accessing appropriate after-care.
  • Evaluation of the dialogue process, facilitators and overall program policies and procedures are critical to ensuring a quality process to the parties involved.
  • The Facilitated Dialogue Program Advisory Committee will continue to monitor and evaluate all aspects of this process.
Active Advisory Committee Members
Karen Roddy, Department of Corrections
Cynthia Stinson, Department of Justice
Mike Niemeyer, Department of Justice
Betsy Coddington, Resolutions Northwest
Eric Gilman, Clark County Juvenile Department
Warren Oster, Clackamas County Juvenile Department (Retired)
Annie Roberts, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking University of Minnesota (Retired)



 
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Facilitated Dialog LEDS Form pdf gif image
 
 
Healing in a Hard Place pdf gif image
Article on: How do people heal from violent crime? How do they mend after a rape or assault, or after losing a loved one to murder? How do they get over the grief, anger and gnawing sense that no matter what happens, justice will never be served?
 
http://naseemrakha.com

Victim Speakers Network
Victim/Survivor Speakers Network
The Victim/Survivor Speakers Network provides a venue for crime victim/survivors to have a voice in the criminal justice system by sharing their story in a correctional setting.  These meetings provide a safe and respectful atmosphere for crime victims to express their feelings, validate their suffering, restore personal power and promote healing. 
 
Likewise, these meetings provide a venue for inmates to publicly accept responsibility, to hear stories of real victims other than their own and to help them begin to understand the impact of the harm they have caused and the ripple effect of their crimes on victims, their families and their communities.
 
The Victim/Survivor Speakers Network is voluntary for all participants.  Crime victim/survivors interested in participating in the network may contact DOC Victim Services at 541-922-6091 or 888-749-8080. 

Crime Victims' FAQ's
How can I locate the inmate sentenced to the Oregon Department of Corrections who victimized me?
You may locate an inmate sentenced to ODOC by calling VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) at 877-674-8463 or searching on-line at www.vinelink.com
 
You may also use the Oregon Offender Search Tool at www.oregon.gov/DOC/.  Click on the link, "Find Offender Information" to access this tool.
 

Can I be notified when the inmate is released from prison?
 
Yes.  There are two ways crime victims can register for notification of an inmate’s release from prison.
 
1.  You may register with the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
  • To register with the Board by e-mail, please click here.
  • To register by phone, please call (503) 945-0907.
  • To register by mail, write to:
Victim Registration
Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
2575 Center Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301
 
2.  You may also register with the Oregon VINE Service.
 
  • To register with VINE by phone, please call (877) 674-8463.
  • You may register on-line at www.vinelink.com

I have forgotten my VINE pin code. How can I stop the notification calls?
 
To stop unwanted notification calls, please contact VINE at 877-674-8463.  Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
 
You may also contact ODOC Victim Services at 888-749-8080 for assistance with pin code issues.

How can I stop unwanted contact from the inmate who harmed me?
 
If you are being harassed or threatened, or receiving unwanted communication of any kind from an inmate in a DOC facility, please contact the Superintendent's Office at the prison where the inmate is located and request that all contact from the inmate cease.  DOC staff will assist you in getting the unwanted behavior stopped.
 
A list of Oregon prisons can be found at www.oregon.gov/DOC/.  Click the link "Operations" and then "Prisons" to locate prison contact information.

Should I be concerned that the inmate was moved to another facility?
 
No.  It is normal for ODOC to move inmates from one facility to another.  Although the specific reason for the move is not public information, moves generally take place for programming, medical or security reasons.

Can I meet with the inmate who victimized me?
 
The Department of Corrections will provide crime victim/survivors the opportunity for a structured face-to-face facilitated meeting with the inmate who harmed them.  These meetings take place in a secure, safe environment and assist victim/survivors in working through the impact of the crime.  For information on the Facilitated Dialogue Program,please contact ODOC Victim Services at 888-749-8080.

What is "community supervision"?
 
When released from a correctional institution to community supervision, the offender must report to a Community Corrections Parole Officer.  The parole officer's responsibilities are to enforce the rules of supervision and assist the offender in a successful reintegration back into the community.  If the offender violates the rules of supervision, he or she may be placed in jail while the parole officer investigates the violation.  A serious violation may result in "revocation", which means the offender can be returned to prison.  If the violation does not result in revocation, the parole officer may take other action, such as imposing new rules of supervision or requiring the offender to participate in additional treatment or counseling.

How can I contact the parole officer supervising the offender in my case?
 
Supervising Community Corrections office information can be found on-line at www.vinelink.com.  Search for the offender and click on the link for the reporting agency.

Other Crime Victims' Resources
Crime Victim Service Links
 
  • National Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
    The Office for Victims of Crime is a federal agency within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. "The mission of OVC is to enhance the nation´s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims."
 
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
    "The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families and communities harmed by crime."
 
  • Victims' Online Assistance
    is an information, research and networking resource for victim assistance specialists, pofessionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology.


Crime Victim Services Links - Oregon Counties

Crime Victims' Rights
The Oregon State Constitution guarantees crime victims the right to:
  • Be present at, heard at, and informed in advance of, any critical stage of the criminal proceedings when the criminal defendant is present.
  • Get information about the defendant’s conviction, sentence, criminal history, and to know before the defendant is released from prison.
  • Receive prompt restitution from the defendant.
  • Get a copy of a transcript of any open court proceeding.
  • Have the District Attorney consult you about plea negotiations in violent felony cases. Be told about these rights as soon as is practical.
An amendment to the state constitution guarantees the victim the right to be reasonably protected from the defendant. Requires the judge to make decisions about pre-trial release on the principle of reasonable protection of the victim and the public. Also, crimes defined as violent felonies are not bailable when the court finds probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the crime, and the court finds danger of physical injury to the victim or public.

Prevents a judge or parole board from allowing a defendant to be released before serving their full sentence.

Requires that jury composition be made up of registered voters who haven’t been convicted of a felony, or served a sentence for a felony, within the last 15 years.