Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

Serial Sex Offender Nelson Clifford Sentenced to More Than 30 Years

Serial Sex Offender Nelson Clifford Sentenced to More Than 30 Years

Serial rapist, Nelson Bernard Clifford, was sentenced today to 31 years and 6 months

Serial rapist, Nelson Bernard Clifford, was sentenced today to 31…

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Life Sentence Plus 50 years for BGF Gang Executioner

Life Sentence Plus 50 years for BGF Gang Executioner

21-year-old Capone Chase a member of the violent Black Guerilla Family Gang...

21-year-old Capone Chase a member of the violent Black Guerilla…

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Violent Repeat Offender Killed Woman Over $70 Debt, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Violent Repeat Offender Killed Woman Over $70 Debt, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Britany Powers was sentenced Wednesday to Life, suspend all but 50 years

Britany Powers was sentenced Wednesday to Life, suspend all but…

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Victim Stabbed More than a Dozen Times,  Domestic Abuser Sentenced to 28 Years

Victim Stabbed More than a Dozen Times, Domestic Abuser Sentenced to 28 Years

Darrin Ruffin was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for murdering his wife

Darrin Ruffin was sentenced today to 25 years in prison…

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Murderer Faces 103 Years Behind Bars in Double Shooting

Murderer Faces 103 Years Behind Bars in Double Shooting

Henry Carter, 21, faces 103 years behind bars

Henry Carter, 21, faces 103 years behind bars

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BGF Hitman Sentenced to 50 Years for the Murder of Public Works Employee

BGF Hitman Sentenced to 50 Years for the Murder of Public Works Employee

Shelton “Six Nine” Burris— also known as Tyrone Burris— was sentenced to 50 years in prison

Shelton “Six Nine” Burris— also known as Tyrone Burris— was…

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Murderer Receives Maximum Penalty, 50 years

Murderer Receives Maximum Penalty, 50 years

Morris was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday for the second-degree murder

Charles Morris was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday…

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Crime victims have the right to submit what are known as victim impact statements, and the State's Attorney's Office strongly encourages victims to exercise this important right.

What is a victim impact statement?

In an impact statement, a victim provides an explanation of how the crime affected you, your family, or even your community. Statements should include:

  • A "brief" summary of the harm or trauma suffered by the victim or family as a result of the crime.
  • A summary of the economic loss or damage suffered by the victim as a result of the crime. Include requests for restitution for out-of-pocket expenses.
  • A concise statement of what outcome the victim would like and the reasons to support this opinion, including support for or opposition to treatment or community service programs.
  • Highlights about the victim, past accomplishments, hopes for the future, and what the crime has done to change these activities.
  • The overall effect the crime has had on the victim and family.

Why is a victim impact statement so important?

After a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty of a crime, a Judge sentences the defendant. The Judge responsible for sentencing the defendant reads and considers victim impact statements before setting the sentence.

What else should I know about victim impact statements?

A victim impact statement submitted to the Court becomes part of the criminal case file. As a result, everyone involved in the case will receive a copy, including the Judge prosecutor, defendant, defense lawyer, and probation officer.

Is a victim required to submit a victim impact statement?

No. There is no obligation to compose and submit a victim impact statement.

Where are victim impact statements to be sent?

Victim impact statements can be submitted in one of three ways: through this Web site, by mail, or by fax.

Compose and submit Victim Impact Statements online

To submit by mail, send to:
The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
Communications and Community Affairs Division
100 North Calvert Street, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21202

To submit by fax, send to:
410-637-3172

Still have questions?
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City's Victim and Witness Division at 410-396-1897.