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October 22, 2014

Registration and Notification

Mission

The mission of the Crime Victims Services Bureau and agency staff who interact directly with victims of crime and their families is to mitigate the negative experience of victimization. Toward this end, we pledge the following:

  1. To provide accurate and timely information and clear explanations
  2. To handle inquiries and requests with courtesy, kindness, and respect
  3. To offer victims and victim support organizations the opportunity to influence agency programming in ways meaningful to them.

Crime Victim Registration and Notification

The Crime Victims Services Bureau (CVSB) was established in 1993 as a single point of contact for victim registration and information about victim issues and related legal, policy, and program matters. Victims and other persons directly affected by the criminal actions of an individual under the Department’s authority are encouraged to register with the CVSB in order to be notified of the following events:

  • Initial housing location and projected release dates
  • Court ruling affecting sentence length
  • Scheduled hearing before the Parole or the Pardon Board
  • Escape from institutional custody and apprehension
  • Assignment to work release
  • Furlough
  • Placement on a Risk Review docket
  • Release from prison by any means, including death

To register, victims may download and mail the Department’s Victim/Witness Notification Request Form or call the CVSB’s toll-free number: 888-342-6110.

Please Note: Law enables victims of adjudicated juveniles to register when the offender is placed in secure institutional care. For information about that possibility, victims should contact the Office of Juvenile Justice at 225-287-7900.

Other assistance available through the Crime Victims Services Bureau:

  • Current photograph of offender (may be requested by registered victims within three months of an offender’s earliest projected release date)
  • Access to information included in the offender’s post sentence report (limited to direct victims or a formally designated other person, who has completed the official Louisiana Victim Notice & Registration Form promulgated by the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement)
  • Help in halting unsolicited communications from offenders**
  • Names and telephone numbers for institutional contact persons, who can answer victims’ questions about a particular institution
  • Referrals to other agencies and organizations
  • Opportunities to suggest actions to make the agency more “victim friendly”
  • Brochures:
  • Speakers
  • Victim-Offender Dialogue
  • Accountability Letter Pilot

** Offenders assigned to state correctional facilities are forbidden by policy and by rule from initiating contact with their direct victims or victims’ family members. A 2008 law prohibits offenders sentenced for crimes of violence, as defined in La. R.S. 14:2(B), and their families from communicating with the victim of their offense or any of the victim’s immediate family members. Violation of law carries the possibility of fine and imprisonment. Anyone needing to report a violation may contact the Crime Victims Services Bureau or the prison where the offender is assigned.

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