The Victim Services Unit (VSU) works to provide information,
referral services and support for victims of inmates in the custody of the
Nevada Department of Corrections. The VSU is committed to uphold the rights of
victims in accordance with state law.
There are two notification methods available to victims.
Victims may choose to sign up for one or both types of notification at no cost.
The VSU provides notifications which enhance accessibility
to departmental and Parole
Board Commissioners Parole Board Commissioners
proceedings. All VSU notifications are sent via the U.S. Postal Service. Crime
victims, witnesses, and threatened parties may request notifications from the
VSU by filling out and submitting the Victim Notification Request Form.
Additionally, automated custody status notifications are
available through Nevada
Accounts with VINElink are free and anonymous. VINElink provides basic custody
information for offenders incarcerated in a Nevada city or county jail, state
prison facility and offenders on supervised release, including parole or
The Department of Corrections does not distribute
restitution to victims. In order to receive restitution, the Judgment of
Conviction provided by the Court must order restitution to be paid. If an
inmate in custody has funds available for restitution payments, a check will be
forwarded by the Department of Corrections to the Department of Public Safety Accounting Division for distribution to the victim. Inmate
banking information is confidential by law and cannot be discussed.
Marsy’s Law is a state constitutional amendment which
outlines the rights of crime victims. Marsy’s Law varies from state to state.
The rights provided to victims under the Nevada Constitution are listed here.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR’S BILL OF RIGHTS
(Effective January 1st,
"Survivor” is defined by NRS 217.280
as a person who has been sexually assaulted as defined by NRS 200.366 or a person upon whom a sexual assault has been attempted.
The full Sexual
Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights is available here.