Community Impact Statements
Neighborhood Impact Statements are descriptions of the impact that a crime or crime pattern has had on the community where it occurred. These statements are submitted to city/county attorneys and other appropriate officials to help the courts make decisions about sentences for offenders convicted of the crimes. Impact statements can provide information that will not be found in police reports.
Directions for Community Impact Statements
- Anyone who is influenced by the crime can complete the Community Impact Statement, and the statement can be filled out for past or present cases. You may either write a community impact statement about how a type of crime has affected you or how a specific crime has affected you. The more specific about the crime, the more powerful.
- When completing a community impact statement, the more specific you can be the more helpful it is for the judge. Tell about the way that the crime has influenced the way that you live, the things that you do, and the way that you feel.
- Statements should include all adverse social or economic effects the offense has had on people who reside in the neighborhood where the offense was committed.
- Describe in the impact statement how the illegal activity has impacted you and your family, including how it has affected your normal way of living. Give specific examples, e.g., being constantly awakened at night by loud arguments, music and horn honking; fearing to have your children in the household be out at night; or having neighbors or friends decline from coming to your home.
- It is okay to list multiple areas of impact but keep your statement concise and direct.
- You may tell a story (concisely) behind some of your statements. This serves 2 purposes. First it makes the victimization tangible for the judge. Secondly it allows the community to speak for individuals without requiring that the individual be present.
- Impact statements can either be a compilation of people, signed by all; or individual statements prepared by several people. If you are writing as a group, state who you are: a neighborhood association, a block of residents, residents sharing a corner, etc.
- Tell the judge what you need to return to your status before the crime(s) were committed. The goal is to give the judge information s/he can use when sentencing or ordering conditions of probation for the defendant. Be creative and try to avoid overly retributive suggestions. The judge will most likely respond to a suggestion that restores both the victim and the offender. Community service, restitution, no contact/trespass orers and chemical dependency evaluation are all tools that the judge has access to. Let the judge know if any of these results would help restore you and your way of life.
- If you are referring to a specific case, place the case number in the impact statement (if known).
- When you have completed the statement, deliver or mail it to Third Ward Council Member Diane Hofstede and City Hall; 350 5th St S, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415; or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fax the statement to (612) 673-3940, ATTN: Diane Hofstede. If you have any questions, please contact Council Member Hofstede’s office at (612) 673-2203.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011