If I become certified, will the inmate know that I am certified or know my address and personal information?
No, certification information is confidential and is not released to inmates at any time or under any circumstances.

What should I do if I am receiving unwanted contact from an inmate?
You should contact the Department of Correction Victim Service Unit as soon as possible and we will assist you.

Why are inmate sentences reduced from what was announced by the court?
Legislation allows most inmates to earn a reduced sentence by participating in approved programming. Since sentence reduction is mandated under Massachusetts Law, the Department of Correction is responsible for recording and calculating such credits.

Is a certified petitioner notified of an inmate's upcoming parole hearing?
Yes, however notification is made directly by Parole, not the Department of Correction. Certified petitioners may also submit a victim impact statement to the Parole Board to express their opinion regarding the potential parole of an inmate.