Infographics - Victim Information
1. Victims of federal offenders' infographic:
The first section is titled "Register to receive". It lists the following information that victims can register to receive:
- important dates and information throughout the duration of an offender's sentence
- information on different types of absences, transfers, and releases
- parole eligibility
- information about the offender's correctional plan and progress
- information about CSC's victim-offender mediation services
The next section is titled "Provide a victim statement". The text reads "Describe how an off-ender's crime has impacted you and any safety concerns you may have. This information is considered by the Correctional Service of Canada and the Parole Board of Canada throughout the offender's sentence."
The final section is titled "Connect through the Victims Portal" and lists the following ways you can use the Portal:
- keep your contact information up to date so we can reach you
- log into the secure portal at any time
- request to observe a parole hearing, present a victim statement at a hearing, receive copies of parole decisions
- manage your preferences for receiving information
For more information, visit: www.csc-scc.gc.ca/victims
2. Information about offender releases infographic:
- The first type of release is Escorted Temporary Absences, which may be granted at anytime.
- The second type of release is Unescorted Temporary Absences (UTA). Offenders must serve a portion of their sentence before being eligible to apply. Offenders serving life sentences are eligible to apply for a UTA three years before their full parole eligibility date.
- Next, offenders may apply for a Work Release. This may be granted for a specified period of time for offenders to participate in work or community service outside the penitentiary.
- The next type of eligibility is Day Parole. An offender is eligible to apply for day parole six months prior to full parole eligibility, or after serving six months, whichever is greater. Offenders serving a life sentence are eligible to apply for day parole three years before their full parole eligibility date.
- Offenders can also apply for Full Parole after serving either one third of their sentence, or seven years, whichever is less.
- The Criminal Code of Canada governs full parole eligibility for offenders serving life sentences.
- The final type of release is Statutory Release, where after serving two thirds of their sentence, the final third is served in the community, under supervision. Offenders serving a life sentences are not eligible.
3. Preparing a Victim Statement for the Correctional Service of Canada
The first section lists the four key priorities when submitting a victim statement to CSC:
- Describe the ongoing impact that the offence has on your life.
- Ask that the offender have no contact with you – while incarcerated or when released.
- Tell us of any safety concerns you have.
- Tell us if the offender's location matters to you. If so, you can ask that the offender not be permitted to go to specific places.
The second section provides tips for victims to consider when submitting their statement:
- Submit your victim statement as soon as possible after you register.
- The statement will be considered in decisions about the offender's location and release.
- Tell us what is most important for us to know—at any time during an offender's sentence.
- Statements must be shared with the offender – your personal information is not.
Victims can also choose to present a Victim Statement at a Parole Board of Canada hearing. To learn more about the role of victims at parole hearings, call toll-free 1-866-789-4636 or visit Canada.ca/en/parole-board/services/victims
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