Victims & Corrections Connection
Vision and Mission of the Victims Services Unit
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is committed to assisting victims of crime by providing information related to the custody and status of offenders who are incarcerated or under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
It is the mission of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Victims Services Unit to serve as the initial point of contact to assist victims and survivors of crime by providing information and resources in response to inquiries related to offenders; ensuring the opportunity for victim notification through the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) network; providing the opportunity for victim/offender dialogue, offering educational workshops and panels relating to the concerns of victims and their families, and opportunities for restorative justice that focuses on the needs of the victim, the responsibility of the offender and the role of the community in seeking the greatest level of restoration and healing possible.
The 5 primary areas of focus
- Victim/Offender Dialogue
- Impact Awareness Offender Programs
Victim Services Brochure
Notification is provided by VINE, a 24-hour confidential, computer-assisted service that provides Victim Information and Notification Everyday. Victim notification is critical to the victim’s well being and safety; therefore custody status changes covered in this free service include offender transfer, escape, apprehension, release or death.
To learn more about Vine or to register you may call toll free 1-877-OK4-VINE or on line www.vinelink.com
Through the development of collaborative relationships across the state, the Victim Services Unit will help to provide greater awareness of victim rights, needs and concerns. These partnerships provide a strong foundation for victims and their families to gain empowerment through resources, guidance and initiatives, advancing the efforts of victim advocacy.
Victim Services will provide helpful information to victims and their families through educational opportunities, resources and referrals. With liaisons at each facility victims are able to obtain necessary information in a sensitive and timely matter.
Victim/Offender Mediation Dialogue
It is the goal of Victims services to provide victim/offender mediation, and dialogue when possible through voluntary participation. As a growing number of victims are choosing to meet face-to face with the persons who victimized them; In such meetings victims can let offenders know how much the crime has impacted their lives, obtain answers to lingering questions, and be directly involved in holding offenders accountable for the harm they caused.
- Victim offender dialogue is a voluntary process
- Facilitated through a guided conversation
- Providing the victim the opportunity to meet the offender face to face
- In a safe and structured environment
Victims are able to express the full impact the crimes have had on their lives and offenders are able to take responsibility for their actions, gain knowledge of the full impact of their behaviors.
To initiate the process a victim or victim representative should contact victim services unit with an expressed interest in participating in victim offender dialogue, contact can be made on behalf of the victim by the District Attorney Council, the Attorney General’s Office, or the Victim themselves.
Impact Awareness Offender Programs
Impact of Crime programs are offered for offenders. These programs focus on the following areas:
- Crime Violence & Victimization Overview
- Impact of Property Crime
- Impact of Violent Crime
- Impact of Family Violence
- Impact of Financial Crime
- Impact of Institution Crime
- Personal Responsibility & Restorative Justice
- Making Amends
Assistance through the Victim Services Unit is available weekdays, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is located at 2901 Classen Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ilinda Jackson serves as the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Victim Services Coordinator and can be contacted at 405-962-6142 or toll-free in the State of Oklahoma at 1-800-232-6178.
- How do I make sure I am notified when the offender in my case is moved or released from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections custody?
Every victim or survivor of a crime can sign up to be notified through Oklahoma’s automated tracking system, Victim Information and Notification Every day, Vine please call 1-877-654-8463 or online www.vinelink.com
- How do I update my information if I move?
Contact Victim Information and Notification Every day, and update as needed, Vine-1-877-654-8463 or online www.vinelink.com
- How can I participate in victim/offender mediation or dialogue?
Contact the Oklahoma Department of Corrections-Victim Services 405-962-6142
- How can I locate information and support in my county?
You may contact the District Attorney’s office or the Attorney General’s office in your area for a listing of community resources and referrals
- How can I participate in educational workshops offered by DOC victim services?
Contact the Oklahoma Department of Corrections-Victims Services for a tentative schedule of workshops
- What should I do if I am receiving unwanted contact from the offender in my case?
Contact the Oklahoma Department of Corrections-Victim Services or the facility Victim Liaison as soon as possible
- How do I contact the Oklahoma Victim Services?
Ilinda Jackson, Victim Services
2901 N. Classen Suite 200
Oklahoma City Oklahoma, 73106
405-962-6142 /fax 405-962-6102