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.
Is the offender serving a life sentence? Get information such as hearing schedules, attending a parole hearing, and writing a victim impact statement.
Unfamiliar with the criminal justice process? Read our FAQ for answers regarding what happens during an offenders sentencing, incarceration, and parole.
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.
Last November, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 57 (64% to 35%) to enhance public safety, stop the revolving door of crime by emphasizing rehabilitation, and prevent federal courts from indiscriminately releasing inmates.
Under Proposition 57, CDCR will incentivize inmates to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation with credit-earning opportunities for sustained good behavior, as well as in-prison program and activities participation. Proposition 57 also moves up parole consideration of those non-violent felons who have served the full term of the sentence for their primary offense and who demonstrate that they should no longer be considered a current threat to public safety. These changes will lead to improved inmate behavior and a safer prison environment for inmates and staff alike, and give inmates skills and tools to be more productive members of society once they complete their sentence and are released.
Through the Request for Victim Services process, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services began using the Automated Email Notification Services to better serve and communicate with crime victims.
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.
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.