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Notification to Crime Victims and Other Concerned Citizens
What notifications will I receive if I register with the MDOC as a Crime Victim?
- The earliest parole eligibility date of the prisoner with all potential good time or disciplinary credits considered. This is the earliest date that a prisoner can be considered for parole. This is a one-time notice.
- The transfer of the prisoner to a minimum security facility and the address of that facility. Some minimum security facilities are defined as Secure Level I facilities which have secure perimeters with double fences, perimeter detection systems and an armed alert response vehicle patrolling the perimeter of the facility. The Corrections Camps are also examples of minimum security facilities. Prisoners who meet the criteria for placement in a minimum security facility are normally near their parole eligibility date.
- The release of the prisoner to a community residential program including transfers between each community residential center. This is a Community Center or facility operated by the Department of Corrections in which convicted felons who have been imprisoned are supervised prior to parole. Convicted felons are carefully screened for this "community status" and are required to work or be in school while living in these facilities. A corrections center is supervised by employees of the Michigan Department of Corrections, but not necessarily owned by the Department. Prisoners assigned to "community status" could also be housed in a private residence, including their own home but be on electronic monitoring or "tether."
- Discharge release of the prisoner. This notice will be sent 90 days before the prisoner is discharged on his or her maximum sentence. You will also be notified if the prisoner is to be released by court order.
- Notice of a public hearing regarding a reprieve, commutation or pardon of the prisoner's sentence by the Governor, or a public hearing scheduled for a prisoner serving a life sentence where the parole board has voted to consider parole. In addition, a notice will be sent if a reprieve, commutation, or pardon is granted.
- Escape of the prisoner. In the event of an escape, victims will be notified by telephone within one hour of the escape by the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network (MCVNN). This will be an automated call and will require the victim to enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to confirm they have received the notification and to discontinue the call. Following the generated call, the victim will also receive written notification from Crime Victim Services. To ensure proper notification it is very important that victims inform Crime Victim Services of any changes in addresses and/or telephone numbers.
- The victim's right to address or submit a written statement for consideration by a parole board or panel member. This notice will be given not less than 30 days before the parole board begins consideration of parole.
- Notice of the Parole Board decision. This notice will be sent to you within 14 days of the decision.
- Prisoner placement in Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI). SAI is a 90-day boot camp program with automatic parole upon completion for carefully screened prisoners who are serving a minimum term of three years or less. Prisoners serving for crimes of a sexual nature or certain other assaultive crimes are not eligible for placement in this program.
- Prior to placing a prisoner in SAI, the MDOC must send notification to the sentencing judge to ensure the judge does not have any objections, unless the judge has already approved placement at the time of sentencing. A copy of this notification will be provided to the victim and the prosecuting attorney who may contact the sentencing court to express their support or objection of the prisoner's placement in this program.
- Movement to and from Special Alternative Incarceration. Notification will be sent when a prisoner is transferred to and from the Special Alternative Incarceration program. If a prisoner successfully completes this 90-day program, they will be automatically released on parole as required by state law. If the prisoner does not successfully complete the program, he/she will be sent to a prison facility to continue serving the sentence.
- Legal Name Change. Notification will be sent if a prisoner legally changes his or her name while under the jurisdiction of the MDOC.
New Conviction. Notice that a prisoner has been convicted of a new crime.
Parole Violation. Notice that a prisoner has been returned from parole status to a correctional facility due to an alleged violation of the conditions of his or her parole.
What notifications am I eligible to receive if I register with the Department of Corrections as a concerned citizen?
You will receive the same notifications as listed above. When you are notified that the prisoner is going to be considered for parole, you may submit your concerns in a written statement, which will be factored into the Board's decision to grant or deny parole.