Who has access to my statement?

The offender has access to your statement and to anything that you submit to the National Parole Board – any letters you write or any statements that you prepare. They all become part of the offender’s file. This may be difficult for you and may make you uncomfortable. The fact that the offender reads everything that you write may affect what you put in your letters or your statement. You may not want to include the names of your children or your address or other information that you do not want the offender to know.

While the offender has access to all the information you send to the Correctional Service of Canada or to the National Parole Board, the victim cannot have access to the offender’s file.

Mennonite Central Committee Canada. (2011). Getting through the maze: A guidebook for survivors of homicide.

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