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					                                                               Minnesota
 Apology Letter Bank                                           Department
                                                                   of
Sometimes offenders who                                        Corrections
  are incarcerated write
victims letters of apology.                                    Restorative
The Minnesota Department                                         Justice
of Corrections (DOC) has
  implemented a policy
 which forbids offenders
 from ever sending those                                       Apology
  letters to the victim/s
directly or through a third
                                                                Letters
    party. If a victim is
interested in receiving an
 apology letter from the
offender in their case, they
can complete an Apology
Letter Notification Form or     Minnesota Department of
                                        Corrections
  contact the Restorative
                               1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite
Justice Planner at the DOC                  200
       651-361-7111                St. Paul, MN 55108
                                 Phone: 651-361-7200
                               Website: www.corr.state.mn.us
                                                                                                                                 Apology Letter
Restorative Justice—Apology Letter                 • All apology letters will be reviewed by                                    Notification Form
                                                     designated letter screeners at each facility, by
Restorative Justice is a framework for the           the Restorative Justice Planner and also by the                Yes, I would like to be notified if MN
                                                                                                                    Department of Corrections receives an
criminal justice system that involves victims        Victim Services Coordinator                                    apology letter addressed to me
and community more broadly in the system.          • Victims may, at the time of engaging with the          Victim Information
In addition to offender accountability               apology letter process or at a subsequent time,
through taking responsibility and making             request other restorative services provided by         Name

amends, restorative justice seeks to address         the Minnesota Department of Corrections such           Mailing Address
victim needs, offender competencies, and             as Victim Offender Dialogue, opportunities for
community responsibility in repairing harm           victim involvement in offender programming or
and building safer stronger communities.             victim services referrals.
                                                   • Involvement in the Apology Letter Process will         Telephone (Day)                            (evening)

Apology Letters often seek to communicate            not affect offender’s release date or other            Email
acknowledgement of fault, injury,                    conditions of incarceration.
responsibility, insult and/or pain caused.                                                                  Offender Information
                                                  Procedures:
It is offered by an offender to victims and
                                                   • Victims will be provided the opportunity to            Offender Name
relates to a specific incident. The letter will
                                                      complete an Apology Letter Notification Form
not offer excuses or request forgiveness or                                                                 Offender OID # if known
                                                      (located in this brochure). This form will instruct
pardon.
                                                      the Restorative Justice Planner at the MN De-         Crime and Date of Crime

                                                      partment of Corrections to notify them when an
Guidelines:                                                                                                 County where crime committed
                                                      apology letter has been received in their name.
 • The Department of Corrections attempts
                                                   • When a completed apology letter has been               Name and Phone # of another person who may be able to
   to make sure that apology letters are
                                                      deposited in the Apology Letter Bank ad-              assist in reaching me
   never sent directly to victims, victim’s
                                                      dressed to a victim who has requested to be
   families or victim advocates.                                                                            Name
                                                      notified of such a letter, the Restorative Justice
 • Either the victim or offender may initiate
                                                      Planner will contact the victim to verify their       Telephone

   the apology letter process.
                                                      interest in    receiving the letter. Once con-
 • Victim shall determine:
                                                      firmed, the sealed apology letter will be             Your Signature                             Date
      ∗ If and when the apology letter will
                                                      mailed to the victim in an envelope with a            Mail to:
         be accepted                                                                                        Minnesota Department of Corrections
                                                      cover letter identifying the content of en-
      ∗ whether or not the offender is in-                                                                  Restorative Justice Unit
                                                      closed sealed envelope.                               1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
         formed that the victim requested,                                                                  St. Paul, MN 55108
                                                   • Future contact between the victim/s and the
         received and/or has read the
                                                      offender should be made via the Restorative           Contact Person:
         apology letter                                                                                     Tim Hansen
                                                      Justice Planner.
                                                                                                            Restorative Justice Planner
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