Victim Services

Purpose of the Victim Notification Program

The Victim Notification Program provides victims, key witnesses, prosecutors' office members, victim/witness coordinators, and advocates, who were actually involved in the criminal prosecution of a case, notification of that offender's status.

The notification is provided only on felony offenders who are initially sentenced to, and incarcerated in, adult correctional facilities under the jurisdiction of the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

If you wish to participate in this program, you must complete a "Notification of Rights and Request Form. You will have the option to receive either written notification through the postal service, or e-mail notification, but NOT both.  In emergency situations, you will be contacted by telephone.

Note: This program does NOT provide notification regarding misdemeanants sentenced to jail, or on offenders placed on probation initially.

What are the rights of victims in wyoming?


The right to be treated with compassion, respect, and sensitivity within the criminal justice system.

The right to know the whereabouts of the defendant and the current status of the case.

The right to receive restitution from offenders.

The right to know all rights under this law including information about services and victim assistance at the local level.

The right to know about victim compensation.

The right to reasonable protection and safety and the right to know of legal recourse if threatened.

The right to prompt return of property.

The right to preservation of employment while participating in the criminal justice system.

The right to be informed about the opportunity to make a victim impact statement at sentencing and parole hearings.

The right to be present at trial. 

How To Register as a Victim

If you are the victim of a crime, surviving family member (immediate), parent/legal guardian of a victim, or have participated in the criminal prosecution of a case, and you wish to receive information regarding an offender, you MUST notify the Victim Notification Program in the following manner:

All information provided on the Notification of Rights and Request Form (including information requests, identity of requestors, and contact information) is CONFIDENTIAL.

Programs used to notify victims

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) - Automated Victim Notification System 

In addition to written notification through the Wyoming Department of Corrections' Victim Notification Program, Wyoming has implemented a statewide automated victim information and notification service.

Wyoming VINE helps victims of crime obtain information about the custody status of their offender.  VINE is a free service that is available 24-hours a day, is available in English and Spanish, and all registrations are confidential.

For information about VINE or to register call 1.866.994.8463 or visit

Information That We Can Provide

If you are the victim of a crime, surviving family member, parent/legal guardian of a victim, or have participated in the criminal prosecution of a case, AND you complete and submit the “Notification of Rights and Request Form" you will be able to receive the information listed below from each respective agency:

WDOC - Incarceration Matters

Board of Parole - Parole Matters

Attorney General’s Office


The items listed with"(input can be given)" allow for the opportunity to provide input into Community Corrections placement, Parole Board hearings, and restitution matters. This is afforded only to those individuals who are the actual victim (to include surviving family members & parent/legal guardian of a minor or incompetent victim) of the crime.

Frequently asked questions

1.      What does an inmate’s sentence mean?

Victims, survivors, and others often want to know how long an offender will stay in prison. Factors used in determining the length of time include the court-ordered sentence, jail credit and the amount of good time the inmate earns under Wyoming’s “good time” system.

Upon an inmate’s arrival, the prison’s Records Office reviews the court order(s) and calculates the minimum and maximum length of sentence as stipulated. Any time spent incarcerated prior to the sentencing date is usually credited toward the minimum and maximum sentence. When ordered by the court, the inmate may serve multiple sentences concurrently (at the same time) or consecutively (one after another). Inmates sentenced to consecutive prison terms remain incarcerated until the final sentence has been served.

 2.      What is Good Time?

Offenders sentenced to incarceration in a Wyoming state correctional facility are eligible to earn good time allowances which can reduce their minimum and maximum sentence by up to fifteen (15) days per month for each month served on a sentence, unless it is a life sentence or a death sentence.  The ability to receive good time allowance is directly affected by an inmate’s adherence to the rules and participation in assigned work and programming.

3.      How many correctional facilities are in Wyoming?

Wyoming has five (5) adult correctional facilities and three privately owned community corrections facilities. These institutions and locations are as follows:

Wyoming Department of Corrections Facilities:

Contracted Facilities:

 4.    What determines where an inmate will be housed?

Wyoming uses a classification tool to safely maintain inmates by identifying their security and program needs. Each inmate is rated according to several factors. These include public risk (security needs), institutional risk (custody needs), medical health care needs, mental health needs, training and programming needs, substance abuse educational needs, education needs, vocational training needs, and work skills. With safety and security as priorities, risks to the public and the prison environment are always addressed first.

other resources and links

Wyoming Division of Victim Services

For other victim services and questions about victim compensation please reach out via phone or the website below:

Telephone - 307.777.7200 

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Wyoming board of parole

For information about the Wyoming Board of Parole, parole hearings, and parole supervision please reach out via phone or the website below:

Telephone - 307.777.5444

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National Center for Victims of Crime:

For information about the National Center for Victims of Crime, please reach out via phone or the website below:

Telephone - 1.855-484-2846

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Please click on the appropriate link on the left side of this page to access the information you need.We are always here to help you. If you have any questions; or need more information, please contact us.

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Telephone - 307-777-5822

Mail - Wyoming Department of Corrections

 Attn: Victim Notification Program

 1934 Wyott Drive, Suite 100

 Cheyenne, WY 82002