This program allowed us to hire a Victim Family Justice Coordinator (VFJC) who works to provide services to the victims and families of our offenders.
Victim services include, providing updates to victims of the offender status, referring victims for services as needed, and being the conduit between the assigned Parole and Probation Officer and the crime victim.
The VFJC also meets with offenders who are on supervision to identify any barriers for them or their children. As barriers are identified, referrals are made to appropriate services, which could include parenting or counseling.
The goal of the VFJC is to intervene early with offenders and their children to reduce the risk of neglect, or violence in the home. We believe this will help us begin to address the multi-generational criminality with offenders and their family.