Some time ago, victims of crime had few legal rights to be informed, present, and heard within the TDCJ system. Victims did not have to be notified of court proceedings or of the arrest or release of the inmate, they had no right to attend the trial or other proceedings, and they had no right to make a statement to the court at sentencing or at other hearings.
Today, every state, including Texas, have clear regulations of basic rights and protections for victims of crime. These statutes have tremendously improved the way in which victims are treated within the federal Inmate Search, various department of corrections inmate search, state of Texas, and local criminal justice systems.
Victims of crime have the right to be informed of proceedings and events in the criminal justice process, including the release or escape of the TDCJ offender, legal rights and remedies, and available benefits and services, and access to records, referrals, and other information.