Impact of Crime Class
The Impact of Crime Class (ICC) has the ability to run in all state prisons throughout the Department of Corrections (DOC)
. It is a voluntary, interactive and educational program designed to raise an inmate's awareness about the impact of crime on victims. It is also designed to increase an inmates' level of accountability and empathy for those they harmed, while providing a healing platform for victims and survivors of crime to share their experiences.
The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) worked with the DOC to develop a curriculum for the Impact of Crime Program, which reflects what victims and victim advocates throughout Pennsylvania want inmates to know about the effect of crime on victims. This course does not affect an inmate’s institutional status or increase an inmate’s chances for release as it is a voluntary program.
The curriculum used in Pennsylvania focuses on the following offenses:
- Property Crime and Violations of Personal Security
- Robbery and Aggravated Assault
- Domestic Violence and Stalking
- Sexual Violence
- Hate/Bias crime
- Driving under the influence
This comprehensive curriculum relies on group activities, videos, lectures and speaker presentations. The speakers are victims and survivors of crime who enhance the program through the sharing of their experiences of crime and their journey to recovery. If you are interested in becoming a speaker for the Impact of Crime Classes or have any questions, please contact OVA at 1.800.563.6399.