Assemblyman DenDekker Passes Victims Impact Statement Law

Law eases burden on victims of crimes
July 22, 2016

This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law Assemblyman DenDekker’s bill requiring that parole boards consider all current or prior statements from crime victims at each board appearance. This law will ensure that survivors of crimes will not have to submit a new statement every time an offender is up for parole

“I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important bill into law, and thank the Senate sponsor, Senator Murphy,” said Assemblyman DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst). “This law clarifies that victims impact statements have no expiration date, and that all crime victims’ statements will be provided to the parole board for their consideration at each board appearance. By making this bill a law, New York State has ensured that victims do not feel the need to submit a statement each time an offender is up for parole.

Reliving a crime can be traumatizing and deeply upsetting, and no one should be forced to feel that way, especially after the offender has already been found guilty. This law protects victims while making certain that their voices are still heard in parole hearings. I am proud to have sponsored this bill and proud that it is now law in New York State.”

This law will go into effect immediately