Multi-Site Survey of Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice Professionals across Canada: Summary of Probation Officer, Corrections, and Parole Board Respondents

Appendix B: Self-Administered Survey of Parole Board Personnel

  • 1. Please identify your position.

    • 1 Parole Board member
    • 2 Regional communications officer
    • 3 Hearing officer
    • 66 Other (specify):
  • 2. What role do you believe victims should have in conditional release decisions?

    • Victim should be
      • 1 Informed
      • 2 Consulted
    • Other (specify):
      • 66
    • Victims should not have any role
      • 00
  • 3. Does the Parole Board generally provide the following information about the offender to victims who request it?

    • Offender's eligibility for conditional release

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Hearing dates for conditional release

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Release dates

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Conditions imposed on release

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Reasons for a release decision

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Destination of offender on release

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Suspension or revocation of release

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Whether the offender has appealed a Parole Board decision

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
    • Copy of decision by appeal division

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't know
      • IF NO - Who, if anyone, typically provides this information to victims?
  • 4. Does the Parole Board usually inform victims of the following? (Please check one)

    • The right to request information about the offender's parole eligibility and hearing

      • 1 Yes, inform all victims
      • 2 Yes, inform victims who have contacted the Parole Board
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • The ability to provide new or additional information to the Parole Board that the victim considers relevant

      • 1 Yes, inform all victims
      • 2 Yes, inform victims who have contacted the Parole Board
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • That any information they provide will be shared with the offender

      • 1 Yes, inform all victims
      • 2 Yes, inform victims who have contacted the Parole Board
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • The opportunity to attend Parole Board hearings as observers
      (including the need to make an application)

      • 1 Yes, inform all victims
      • 2 Yes, inform victims who have contacted the Parole Board
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • The opportunity to present a statement at the parole hearing in person or via audiotape or videotape (including the need to make an application)

      • 1 Yes, inform all victims
      • 2 Yes, inform victims who have contacted the Parole Board
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
  • 5. Do most victims of crime participate in the parole process by doing the following?(Check one)

    • Requesting information about the offender's parole eligibility and hearing

      • 1 Yes, in most cases
      • 2 Yes, only in serious cases
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • Providing new or additional information for use in conditional release decisions

      • 1 Yes, in most cases
      • 2 Yes, only in serious cases
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • Attending Parole Board hearings as observers

      • 1 Yes, in most cases
      • 2 Yes, only in serious cases
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
    • Presenting a statement in person or via audiotape or videotape for use in conditional release decisions

      • 1 Yes, in most cases
      • 2 Yes, only in serious cases
      • 3 No
      • 8 Don't know
  • 6. Do you think that there are any obstacles to victims' participation in the parole process?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 6a. If yes, what are the obstacles? (Please check all that apply)

    • 1 Victims are not aware of the ways they can participate
    • 2 Victims do not know when an application is required (e.g., for attending hearings or presenting a statement)
    • 3 Support services for victims during the correctional or parole process are insufficient
    • 4 Victims are unaware of support services available
    • 5 There is a lack of funding to assist victims who want to attend parole hearings
    • 66 Other (please describe):

  • 7. What services, if any, does the Parole Board provide for victims?

    • Assistance with making requests for information (e.g., provide forms and/or information on how to submit requests)

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Victim notification once the victim has requested information

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Providing information about victim statements

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Assistance in preparing victim statements

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Assistance with making requests to attend Parole Board hearings as observers

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Accompaniment to parole hearings

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Ensure that Parole Board members are aware of victims' concerns

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Other (please specify):

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
  • 8. Are you aware of other victim service organizations that assist victims with the parole process?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
  • 8a. If yes, what services do these organizations provide?

    • Assistance with making requests for information (e.g., provide forms and/or information on how to submit requests)

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Victim notification once the victim has requested information

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Providing information about victim statements

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Assistance in preparing victim statements

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Assistance with requests to attend Parole Board hearings as observers

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Accompaniment to parole hearings

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Ensure that Parole Board members are aware of victims' concerns

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Other (please specify):

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
  • 9. Does the Parole Board refer victims to available victim services?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 10. After an offender is sentenced, do you think there is a service gap in connecting victims to services available in corrections/parole?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 10a. If yes, what can be done to improve the situation?



  • 11. Does the Parole Board generally grant victim requests to attend hearings as observers?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 12. When might the Board not permit a victim to attend a hearing?



The following questions are about victim impact statements submitted at trial.

  • 13. Are victim impact statements submitted at trial always provided to the Parole Board?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 14. Who provides the victim impact statements to the Parole Board? (Please check all that apply)

    • 1 Victim
    • 2 Crown
    • 3 Court
    • 66 Other (please specify):
    • 8 Don't know

The next question is about victim statements presented directly to the Parole Board.

  • 15. What is the most common method for submitting a victim statement? (Check one)

    • 1 Written statement only
    • 2 Victim reads statement in person
    • 3 Victim presents statement via audiotape or videotape
    • 66 Other (specify) :

Question 16 asks about the Parole Board's use of victim information.

  • 16. Does the Parole Board use the following victim information in making conditional release decisions?

    • Victim impact statements at trial

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • New or additional information that the victim considers relevant and provides to the Parole Board

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
    • Formal victim statements to the Parole Board

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
      • 8 Don't Know
  • 16a. Please explain how the information is used.



  • 17. Do parole officers usually provide the Parole Board with information about victim concerns in their assessment for decision?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 18. Does the Parole Board generally impose special conditions on the offender as part of the conditional release? (Please check all that apply)

    • 1 Yes, generally impose special conditions to protect specific victim (e.g., no contact order)
    • 2 Yes, usually impose other special conditions
    • 3 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 18a. If no, please explain.

  • 19. Do you have any suggestions for additional services/service improvements that would assist victims and encourage their participation in the parole process?

  • 20. Do you have any other comments?

  • Do you have responsibility for the following locations(s)? (Check all that apply.)

    1 [SITE]

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