The Victim's Role in the Process
The Virginia Parole Board welcomes input from crime victims, family and friends of victims, and the community concerning the impact that the release of any inmate would have on them. Crime victims, their families or concerned citizens may present the physical, emotional, and economic impact of the crime. All information received is confidential and will be considered by the Board in making its decision.
Virginia Code 53.1-155 requires the Board to endeavor diligently to contact the victim prior to making any decision to release any inmate on discretionary parole.
The Parole Board and Victim Input Program encourage all crime victims to register with Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system. VINE is a toll-free, 24-hour computer-based telephone service that provides victims of crime information and notification about inmates who are in the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections. Automated calls will provide victims with notification of an inmate's release, transfer, escape, or if the inmate becomes eligible for parole. All information is confidential.
Please contact the Victim Services Unit with the Department of Corrections at (800) 560-4292 or (804) 674-3243 to register for notifications in the automated VINE (Victim Information Notification Every Day) system regarding the parole status of an inmate. In order to be registered in VINE you must meet the statutory definition of a victim as outlined in the Virginia Code 19.2-11.01. The Parole Board’s Victim Services Unit can be reached at (804) 887-8184 or by email at https://vpb.virginia.gov/contact/. If you are already registered in VINE but your information is no longer current please contact our Victim Services Unit at https://vpb.virginia.gov/contact/ or the Victim Services Unit with the Department of Corrections (800) 560-4292 or (804) 674-3243 to update your information.
Victim Input Program
Submit Opposition Letters or Other Information
The Victim Input Program receives and processes opposition letters and other information submitted by crime victims and concerned citizens. When submitting correspondence to the Victim Input Program, it is important to include the inmate's name and Virginia Department of Corrections' seven digit inmate number.
Opposition letters and other information can be sent to:
Request to Appear in Person or for a Telephone Appointment
The Virginia Parole Board provides victims of crime, family and friends of victims, and the community the opportunity to appear in person before the Board or to have a telephone appointment. The Board also accepts requests for special conditions when an inmate is released; this includes, but is not limited to, having no contact with the victim.
To schedule an appointment or speak to someone about requesting special release conditions, please contact the Victim Input Program toll free at 800-560-4292 or 804-674-3081.