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DOC Programs for Victims of Crime

Contact Information

Saydyie DeRosia
Victim Services Coordinator
Michael Burke​
Victim Services Support

​​Mailing Address
OSCI - Residence #3
3405 Deer Park DR SE
Salem, OR 97310-9385
Fax:  503-378-2648
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Crime Victims' Rights

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.
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. ​

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Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) 

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.

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Facilitated Dialogue Program

Facilitated Dialogue Program for Victim/Survivors of Crime and Incarcerated Offenders
What is Facilitated Dialogue?
Facilitated Dialogue is a process involving a victim/survivor of violent crime and the offender who committed the crime.  Victims/survivors are able to let the offender know how the crime has affected their lives and ask questions to which they have never been given answers.  Not only does the program give crime victims a chance to meet with the offender, it also allows victims the opportunity to hear the offender recount the crime in his/her own words and accept responsibility.  It is an opportunity for the offender to recognize the real person they have hurt and hear from the victim/survivor, the real consequences of the crime.  An offender’s participation in the facilitated dialogue does not impact his/her sentence or any release considerations.
A Victim/Survivor-centered Approach
The Facilitated Dialogue Program is a victim/survivor-initiated and victim/survivor -driven process.  The process can only be initiated by a victim/survivor who makes contact with the Department of Corrections’ Victim Services Office.
All requests for dialogue are carefully assessed by Victim Services in collaboration with an Advisory Committee to determine if the case is appropriate to move forward.  The victim/survivor or offender can stop the process at any time if either party does not wish to continue.
Key components of facilitated dialogue:
  • The process is initiated and driven by the victim/survivor.
  • Participation is voluntary for both parties.
  • The inmate's cooperation and participation will have no impact or influence on his or her sentence or privileges under the control of DOC.
  • The dialogues are facilitated by highly skilled and professionally trained volunteers with backgrounds in related fields.
  • A DOC program coordinator aids participants, institutional liaison, facilitators, participants’ support persons and care providers.
  • Facilitated dialogue processes are confidential unless all participants agree otherwise in writing.
  • Pre-dialogue preparation, including careful screening of participants, 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 and assistance accessing appropriate after-care.
  • Evaluation of the dialogue process is on-going to ensure a quality process.
  • The Facilitated Dialogue Program Advisory Committee monitors and evaluates all aspects of this process, advising the program coordinator and facilitators at critical junctures.


Active Advisory Committee Members

Annette Chrisemer, Marion County Probation and Parole
Cynthia Stinson, Willamette University
Eric Gilman, Clark County Juvenile Department
Saydyie DeRosia, Department of Corrections
Matthew Hartman, Clackamas County Juvenile Department
Mike Niemeyer, Department of Justice
Warren Oster, Clackamas County Juvenile Department (Retired)
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Facilitated Dialog LEDS Form pdf gif image 
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Victim Resources

    • 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, professionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology.
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Victim 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 503-934-1113 or 888-749-8080
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Code for America (CfA) Project

The CfA project started its infancy stage in early 2016 after a victim need was recognized. Victims experience a “rollercoaster” and roadblocks when passing through agencies while following their offender’s path through the justice system.

After a crime has been committed, crime victims can potentially encounter police officers, a Victim Advocate, the District Attorney office, the courts, the county jail,  the Department of Corrections (during inmate’s  incarceration), and eventually the Parole Board (during post-prison); this can be very challenging for victims as these departments do not communicate on the victims behalf.

The CfA project is intended to bridge and fill the gap between these departments making it easier for victims to access one point to help them navigate the system smoothly.

CfA is working diligently to ensure Oregon provides crime victims a path without obstacles. CfA’s work in progress mission statement for the “victim’s portal” is “Give victims better access to information, support, and ensure their rights are honored throughout the Criminal Justice System.” The stakeholders in the CfA project have and will continue to meet with Oregon key players, victims, and all resources available to gain knowledge for a successful project.

This project is ongoing with no specific “end date” although; the projected completion is approximately September 2017. This project will be completed in phases with updates of progress throughout.

Currently, CfA is being piloted in Multnomah County and is functioning as a website. The website is mobile friendly and has recently been named My Advocate.  https://myadvocateoregon.org/offendersTo date, My Advocate allows users to search for status or location of an inmate/offender, view Frequently Asked Questions, and gain contact information.

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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.
      • You may register with the Board of parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
​​Victim Registration
Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
2575 Center Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301
      • ​​​​You may also register with the Oregon VINE Service.​​​
        • ​To register with VINE by phone, please call (877) 674-8463.​​​
    • ​​Registering with the Board and registering with VINE are two separate requests.  Registering with one service does not carry over to the other.”
  • I have forgotten my VINE pin code, and how can I recover it?
    • Contact ODOC Victim Services at 888-749-8080 for assistance with pin code issues.​
    • You may also contact ODOC Victim Services at 888-749-8080 for assistance with pin code issues.
  • 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.​
  • How can I stop unwanted contact from the offender 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.​
  • Should I be concerned that the offender 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 offender who victimized?
    • ​​The Department of Corrections may provide crime victim/survivors the opportunity for a structured face-to-face facilitated meeting with the inmate who harmed them as long as program eligibility criteria is met. 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.

  • What is Short-Term Transitional Leave (STTL)?
    • “STTL" provides certain offenders incarcerated within DOC the opportunity to release from physical custody UP to 90 days early, provided they meet statutory and DOC rule eligibility requirements.

      • HB3194 was aimed at reducing prison costs. Those reductions are realized in two ways:

        • ​Several Sentencing laws were changed on the front end in order to reduce the numbers entering prison and...

        • The amount of time eligible offenders can spend on short-term transitional leave in increased on the back end.​​​
  • What does the release timeline look like?
    • Six months to release:

      • Inmates attend a pre-release class and at some institutions, transitional programming covering employment, housing, money management, obtaining credit/loans, working with parole officer and family related issues.​

      • Behavior Health Services completes release planning, if applicable.
    • Four-six months to release.

      • ​​​​Release Counselor interviews the inmate to discuss housing, release transportation, the process for county waivers and/or Interstate Compact, if applicable, employment skills and job possibilities.

      • Release Counselor prepares a release plan which is sent to the Parole Board and Community Corrections.

    • Sex Offenders/Arsonists:
      • ​Release Counselor presents inmate with Sex Offender Registration Obligation Notice, which is signed and forwarded to the Oregon State Police​.

      • Release Counselor prepares Arson Notification form which is forwarded to State Fire Marshall and Oregon State Police.

      • Release Counselor works with the DOC Mental Health, Medical and Re-entry Coordinator to plan for inmate needs post-release​.

    • ​​​75 days or less to relaease:

      • ​​Release Counselor checks with Community Corrections regarding the status of the Field Investigation.  The inmate is notified of the results​.

      • Parole Officer may conduct a reach-in visit to discuss expectations and reduce inmate anxiety.

    • 30 days to release:

      • ​Re-entry Benefits Coordinator meets with inmate to sign up for Health Coverage.

    • ​1-2 weeks to release:

      • ​​Release Counselor verifies projected release date and finalizes transportation.

      • Release Counselor requests inmate funds from Central Trust.

      • Detainers are verified.  In some cases, inmate may be presented with a Cite to Appear.

      • Parole Board issues the Order of Post-Prison Supervision.

      • Release Counselor meets with inmate to review Post-Prison-Supervision order​.

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