Confidentiality and the Victim

What May Be Revealed

Often community supervision officers have concerns about talking to a victim for fear of violating the offender's confidentiality. This concern leaves the officer in an uncomfortable position. The officer wants to be helpful to the victim, but doesn't want to violate any rules, regulations, or laws pertaining to confidentiality of the offender.

There are many different situations in which questions about confidentiality may arise, so it is difficult to prepare a complete list of "may" and "may not". However, the following list serves as a general guideline.

Once an individual is placed on community supervision…

You May Reveal

  • The person is under community supervision
  • What the conditions of community supervision are for the person
  • Whether or not the person is current on meeting court-ordered financial obligations
  • That a Motion to Revoke has been filed and the results of the motion
  • If the person has been transferred to another jurisdiction and name of the jurisdiction
  • Who the person's supervising officer is
  • That the person is assigned to a residential program

You May Not Reveal

  • The person's residential program assignment is for treatment of substance abuse, mental/emotional illness or mental retardation
  • The results of urinalysis testing (exception: when a positive test is an allegation on a Motion to Revoke)
  • Results of assessments
  • Information contained in the chronological documentation of the person's case file
  • Information contained in the Pre/Post-Sentence Investigation