Yes. The victim/witness coordinator from the district attorney’s office should be able to assist you in completing a Victim Impact Statement (VIS). A VIS is a statement that you prepare to let the sentencing judge know how the crime has affected you physically, psychologically and economically. If the offender is found guilty or pleads guilty, you can either read your VIS in court or submit it in writing for the judge. You will need to talk to the victim/witness coordinator about helping you prepare the VIS and how you want to have it presented in court.
You may want to talk to an advocate at your local Victim Service Program that can help you register with PA SAVIN. Or you can call toll-free at 1-866-972-7284 and register. You will then be notified by telephone, at the number you provide, when that offender is released.
You have a right to be told this information if you ask for it. If the victim/witness coordinator from the district attorney’s office has not contacted you yet, you may want to contact the coordinator from that Victim Service Program and request to be notified if the offender is released at sentencing.