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Victim Access Hearings (VAH)

The Victim Services Unit (VSU) assists victims, family members, and survivors of homicide victims during Victim Access Hearings.

During victim access hearings, victims and family members are provided the opportunity to attend the parole hearing in person and give oral testimony. Victim Service Coordinators (VSCs) are experienced professionals who provide victims and family members with guidance, support, and information throughout each step of the parole process. There are three types of Victim Access Hearings.

•    Type A:  Offense resulted in death
•    Type B:  Offense was either violent or sexual in nature
•    County:  County sentences in which hearings are held in HOC (excluding Type A)

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