Victims' Guide to Community Supervision
The Division of Community Supervision is responsible for supervising offenders in the community who have been placed on probation, parole or post-release supervision.
Basic Information For Victims
Community Supervision works to apply control over offenders while at the same time coordinate community resources to enable those under supervision the opportunity to reform, support their families, pay restitution or reparation to their victims and become productive, law abiding citizens. The court may place a person on supervised or unsupervised probation. A person on unsupervised probation is subject to all incidents of probation except supervision by, or assignment to, a probation officer. If unsupervised offenders do not comply with the terms of the sentence, the court may order them to complete a supervised probation sentence.
Victims' Rights Enabling Legislation
Effective July 1, 1999, North Carolina Crime Victims' Rights Act (N.C.G.S. §15A-837) requires Community Supervision to provide written notification about certain events during the offenders' supervision by Community Corrections to victims and survivors who have requested notification. Individuals with safety concerns or a vested interest in the case (ex. Division of Social Services) may also register.
Community Supervision is required to provide registered victims with the following notifications:
- The defendant's regular conditions of probation or post-release supervision, special or added conditions, supervision requirements, and any subsequent changes.
- The date and location of any hearing to determine whether the defendant's supervision should be revoked, continued, modified, or terminated.
- The final disposition of any hearing referred to in subdivision (2) of this section.
- Any restitution modification.
- The defendant's movement into or out of an intermediate sanction as defined in G.S. 15A-1340.11 (6).
- The defendant's absconding supervision, within 72 hours.
- The capture of a defendant described in subdivision (6) of this section, within 72 hours.
- The date when the defendant is terminated or discharged.
- The defendant's death.
Although the 1999 N.C. Crime Victims' Rights Act defines who is to receive notification (N.C.G.S. §15A-830), The Department of Adult Correction voluntarily exceeds the legislature's mandate by providing the notification described above for all victims regardless of the crime or when the crime occurred. It is important to note that it is the responsibility of those who have requested notification to notify Victim Support Services of any changes in address or telephone number. Without this information, the Department of Adult Correction is unable to provide notification to those who have requested it. Please send correspondence to:
Unit Mailing Address
4223 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4223
Toll-Free Victim Services: 1-866-719-0108, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fax: (919) 715-1256
Victim Input Procedures
Victims who have questions regarding restitution that was ordered at the time of sentencing, should contact Victim Support Services at 1-866-719-0108 (toll-free).
Safety Concerns Regarding the Supervision of the Offender
If you are the victim or next of kin and you have safety concerns related to the supervision of the offender placed on probation, parole or post-release supervision, please contact Victim Support Services at 1-866-719-0108 (toll free).