The Victim Impact Statement (VIS) is a detailed account of the emotional, physical, psychological, and financial impact the crime has had on the victim, family members, and other loved ones. This is the victim's opportunity to relate the impact of the crime to key decision makers throughout the criminal justice system.
An Important Note About Your Victim Impact Statement
You have the right to be informed of pa¬role procedures; to participate in the parole process; to be notified about parole proceedings concerning the offender in your case; to provide information to be considered by the Board of Pardons and Paroles prior to the discretionary release of the offender; and to be notified when the offender is released.
One way to receive these notices from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to complete the Victim Impact Statement form and return it to your Victim Assistance Coordinator.
If you want to receive these notices, simply return the Confidential Information Sheet of the Victim Impact Statement. You do not have to return a completed Victim Impact Statement to receive the notice; however, in not doing so, the Board of Pardons and Pa¬roles will not be informed as to how the crime impacted you.
To ensure notification after the defendant is sentenced to TDCJ, call the Victim Services Division at (800) 848-4284 to verify that your contact information is correct.