N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--November 1997
New Help Available for Crime Victims
By Tracy Herring
Crime victims in North Carolina now have a new tool to guide them through an offenders term of probation or imprisonment.
The first Post-Sentencing Victim Information packets were distributed Oct.16 to victim/witness assistants in each judicial district. The packets include information from the Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission, the Division of Prisons and the Division of Adult Probation and Parole. Other materials include a guide to Structured Sentencing, and information on the crime compensation fund, N.C. Victim Assistance Network, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Careline, a telephone referral service. The packets will be given to victims when an offender is sentenced.
The idea for creating the packet came from Karen Taylor George, victim services coordinator for the Parole Commission. The Commission took the lead in approaching agencies for submissions and coordinating their compilation. The project was funded with grant money from the Governors Crime Commission which was funneled through DAPP. A special thanks goes to Gary Eichelberger of the Victim and Justice Services Division of Crime Control and Public Safety for scheduling a community service offender to collate the packets.
While the first packets were distributed exclusively to the victim/witness assistants, it is hoped later editions will be sent to other victim service providers throughout the state.
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