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Victims' Information

The Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) serves crime victims whose offenders are under our supervision in prison, prerelease centers, probation, parole, and community-based drug/alcohol treatment programs.

How to contact us

Our victim programs office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays.

  • Call the victim programs manager – (888) 223-6332
  • Send an email – shilander@mt.gov
  • Send postal mail – P.O. Box 201301, Helena, MT 59620-1320
  • Fax us – (406) 444-4920

    Facility victim information officers

  • Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge (information on all male offenders including those housed at Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby, Great Falls Regional Prison, and Dawson County Correctional Facility in Glendive) – (406) 846-1320 ext. 2201
  • Montana Women’s Prison (information on all female offenders) – (406) 247-5102

Notifications

Registration is not automatic – participation is voluntary

The following two separate notification services are available to the direct victim of, or witness to, a crime; a family member of a deceased victim; or a parent/guardian of a minor child who is a victim:

  1. Register to be notified directly by the DOC when offenders move through the prison system and when they are released to the community. Register online, or download a notification form and mail, fax or email it to one of the addresses provided. This registration is for victims and witnesses only as described above. If you do not meet this criteria, please see “Not a direct victim?” below.
  2. Register for Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE), our automated notification system.

NOT A DIRECT VICTIM?

Offender family and friends, law enforcement, judges, attorneys, child support enforcement, the media, and DOC employees: If you are not a victim but wish to track an offender under DOC supervision, you may register for our anonymous, automated notification system, VINE, which we offer to the public. Register here for VINE

Let us know if you change phones or addresses

If your address, email address or phone number changes, contact us by phone, fax, mail or email to let us know. We cannot notify you of the offender’s status if you do not report changes in your address, email address or telephone number.

If at any time you wish to discontinue your participation in the DOC or VINE notivication service, please submit a written request to our office or email us.

Reporting unwanted offender behavior

If you are being harassed or threatened, or if you are receiving unwanted communication of any kind from an offender in a DOC facility or under the supervision of DOC in the community, please contact the victim programs manager toll-free at (888) 223-6332. Our staff will stop the unwanted behavior stopped and answer your questions about safety.

For information about orders or protection (restraining orders), contact the Montana Department of Justice Office of Victim Services toll-free at (800) 498-6455 or visit their website: https://doj.mt.gov/victims/orders-of-protection/

Restorative justice programs

DOC is pleased to offer restorative justice (RJ) programs which (1) provide a voice for crime victims, (2) promote healing for all parties affected by the crime, and (3) hold offenders accountable with the goal of successful re-entry into society.

Restitution

We collect about $2.5 million every year in court-ordered restitution on behalf of victims of felonies committed by adults.

Please take a minute to explore links to all of our services, and to other victim resources in Montana and elsewhere.

Your rights as a victim

Basic victim rights in Montana include these:

  • The right to information about all events related to the case.
  • The right to have a prosecutor and/or victim advocate present when a victim is interviewed.
  • The right to know the offender's location at all times from arrest until his or her release from supervision.
  • The right to protection from intimidation, harassment, discrimination, and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
  • The right to attend court proceedings unless the court determines that the victim's absence is necessary to a fair trial.
  • The right to one free copy of public documents in their case. Court documents are available from the clerk of the court in the county in which the case was prosecuted.

Statutes pertaining to victims are included in Title 46, Chapter 24 of the Montana Codes Annotated (MCA). If you are interested in reading Montana laws about victim rights go to http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/46_24.htm