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OVS Frequently Asked Questions

If more information is needed, you may contact OVS directly and a staff member will be available to assist you with such requests. OVS staff is available to assist victims in locating appropriate resources throughout the community.

Am I entitled to receive restitution from the offender (s) who committed a crime against me?
You are entitled to receive restitution if it is ordered by the judge at the time of sentencing. When restitution is ordered, the Department of Corrections will begin their collection process while the offender is under their jurisdiction (adult offenders serving time in a state correctional facility). OVS staff is available to assist victims with specific questions regarding the status and collection process of their restitution.

I have been receiving threats or unwanted contact from an inmate. What can I do?

You may call or write to the following contact to express your concerns in order for the matter to be further investigated:

New Jersey Department of Corrections
Office of Victim Services
P.O. Box 863
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

(609) 943-5390 or toll free in NJ (800) 996-2029

How can I locate information regarding an inmate's location, status, and sentencing information who is in the custody of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC)?

The NJDOC operates a web site that provides information on the offender's status, location, release dates, and sentence.

To access the "Offender Search" web site, click here

Respond to the Disclaimer (Yes/No).
Enter either the offender's name, SBI number, and/or any other identifying information about the offender.

Next, click on "Submit" located at the bottom of the screen.

Select the appropriate offender from the search results provided.
If more information is needed, you may contact OVS directly and a staff member will be available to assist you with technical assistance.


If I am notified by the Prosecutor's Office that an inmate is eligible for community release, what can I do?
You can forward your comments in writing regarding the release of an inmate into a community setting to the Office of Victim Services. The New Jersey Department of Corrections, Division of Programs and Community Services, has established a Victim Notification Classification Committee that meets to address concerns expressed by victims regarding the potential release of an inmate into a community program.

What other resources can I be provided with as a victim of a crime?
OVS staff is available to assist victims in locating appropriate resources and making referrals throughout the community. OVS maintains a directory of victim related resources/services throughout the state, along with national victim support agencies. OVS collaborates with various state and local agencies and organizations in order to establish a network of services for victims.
 
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