Victim & Survivor
Rights & Services
Formed in 1988, the mission of CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) is to give crime victims and their families a voice. The formation of the office has laid the groundwork for enforcing victims’ rights and providing services.
OVSRS maintains a comprehensive victim services program and establishes justice practices to ensure crime victims and survivors are afforded the utmost respect in exercising their legal rights. To this end, OVSRS is responsible for providing information, notification, restitution, outreach, training, referral and support services to crime victims and their next of kin.
This website will provide you with valuable information if you were the victim, survivor, or witness to a crime and the offender was sentenced to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) either in an adult or juvenile facility.
Lifer Parole Hearing Information
Is the offender serving a life sentence? Get information such as hearing schedules, attending a parole hearing, and writing a victim impact statement. ...» More
Sentencing, Incarceration, & Parole
Unfamiliar with the criminal justice process? Read our FAQ for answers regarding what happens during an offenders sentencing, incarceration, and parole. ...» More
Information on how to collect restitution for victims, and how to pay restitution for offenders, as well as CDCR’s efforts to help victims of crime that have been awarded restitution. ...» More
Review Process for Non-Violent, Second-Strike Offenders
On February 10, 2014, the Three Judge Panel in the Plata/Coleman class action lawsuit ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to create and implement “a new parole determination process through which non-violent second strikers will be eligible for parole consideration by the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) once they have served 50% of their sentence.” The new process January 1, 2015.
Senate Bill 260 – Youth Offender Parole Suitability Hearings
Under Marsy’s Law, the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) was granted the ability to do an administrative type review of an inmate’s hearing decision. Recently, BPH implemented an administrative review process for all three year denials of life-term inmates. This review process will take place one year after the hearing. If it appears the administrative review has met the criteria to advance the inmate’s next hearing, the inmate will be scheduled for a new hearing.
Proposition 36 – The Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012
Proposition 36, the Three Strikes Reform Act, was passed by California voters in November 2012. This initiative provides that people currently sentenced as third strikers who have a current non-serious non-violent offense would be resentenced as second strikers. Additionally, there are specific offense restrictions for both current and prior offenses for inmates to be eligible for resentencing. Specific offenses include felony sex offenses requiring registration pursuant to PC 290. Also, the offender must not have used or possessed a firearm or deadly weapon or intend to cause harm while committing their current offense. Victims and/or victim family members shall retain the rights to participate in any resentencing hearing.