What should I say?

There are many things to consider when making a VIS. Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself:

  • How has your life changed since the crime occurred?
  • How has the crime affected you emotionally or psychologically?
  • How has the crime affected you financially?
  • Is this crime a culmination of other crimes or violence committed by the same person?
  • What fears or hopes do you have?
  • What do you want to happen to the defendant (jail or prison time, treatment, etc.)?
  • In your experience, do you think this defendant can be rehabilitated?
  • How do you think it will affect you, your family, or the community when the defendant is released?

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1. What is a Victim Impact Statement (VIS)?
2. How do I make a VIS?
3. What should I say?
4. Can someone else speak for me?
5. What if I don't want to make a VIS?
6. What happens to my VIS after sentencing?