Crime Victims and Offender Reentry-National Institute of Corrections


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With so much focus on the 700,000 people returning to communities each year after serving sentences of incarceration, little attention has been paid to how reentry can affect victims of crimes. In a televised broadcast, the National Institute of Corrections set the stage for opening dialogue about this important issue. Jurisdictions were challenged to review how they approached victims’ services and address how their staff were trained to respond to victim requests. Now with greater awareness prompted throughout the field on crime victims’ rights and the obligation of the corrections field to provide services and protection, today’s radio show continues the dialogue by highlighting promising programs throughout the country that are successfully integrating victims in the reentry process. The show also identifies resources and funding opportunities for jurisdictions wishing to improve victim serves programming in their own areas.

Guests of the show include Lorie Brisbin, Correctional Program Specialist at the National Institute of Corrections and Anne Seymour, a national crime victim advocate.

The victim services broadcast and participant guide are available from the National Institute of Corrections at The website for the National Institute of Corrections is

This program was produced by Donna Ledbetter of the Director’s Office of National Institute of Corrections.

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A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at

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The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit .

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The program interviews Will Marling, Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance and The Honorable Richard Barajas, Chief Justice, Senior Status, Texas Court of Appeals. Both addressed a judicial view of victim rights.

The program was produced by the National Organization for Victim Assistance. The website for NOVA is

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barnes.

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