Office of 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.
- September 2023 – OVSRS partners with the California Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) system to utilize a language translation line to assist victims with telephone interpretation services. Over 200 languages are available via live operator support.
- August 2023 – OVSRS adds online informational resources regarding the Accountability Letter Bank (ALB) | Learn More
- July 24, 2023 – CDCR is pleased to announce funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide facilitation services within the Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) program. | Learn More
- May 2023 – CDCR and Parole Justice Works have partnered to provide education and resources to victims/survivors and their family members who are interested in participating in the California parole hearing process | Visit Website
- April 2023 – The California Victim Advisory Council created a resource flyer listing all state agencies that provide services and assistance to crime victims. The resource flyer is available in twelve languages | View available forms and publications
- April 1, 2023 – OVSRS implements automated notification to registered victims of an offender’s discharge from parole.
- May 2, 2022 – OVSRS has launched an online reservation system for victims and their families wishing to participate in an upcoming parole hearing. If you have received a notice of parole hearing you can register online to participate.
- March 14, 2022 – CDCR implements automated transfer notifications to victims registered to receive notifications regarding the offender’s status.
How can we help you?
- Contact the Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services?
- Request notification of an offender’s release, parole board hearing, death, or escape?
- Offender family notification – Dustin’s Law?
- Request information on juvenile offenders?
- Request collection of a direct order?
- Attend a parole hearing for a life sentenced inmate?
- Check the status of a scheduled parole hearing?
- Write a Victim Impact Statement?
- Request a Parole Suitability Hearing Transcript?
- Request compensation for travel costs to a parole hearing?
- Find information about parole?
- Find information about Medical Parole?
- Find information on the parole process for inmates serving life sentences?
- Find the location of a CDCR inmate?
- Find an inmate’s CDCR number?
- Find out about California sentencing laws?
- Find out what happens after sentencing?
- Find out what happens to the inmate while incarcerated in the CDCR?
- Find out my restitution responsibilities as an adult offender?
- Make a payment toward the restitution I owe?
- Contact my local county Victim/Witness Assistance Center?
- Find information on other resources available?
- Download CDCR forms and publications?
- Request victim advocate training for my organization?