These preliminary questions are for Offenders considering VOD to reflect upon, as they (hopefully) begin to take responsibility for the choices they made to directly or indirectly cause harms to others.
- What are some of the circumstances and choices that led you to commit the crime you did?
- What did you find exciting or enjoyable about committing your crime, at the time? For example, drinking, drugs, the adrenaline rush, the sense of “power” or “invincibility,” etc.
- Have you thought at all about the victims or survivors in your crime, or anything specific you would want to be able to say to them?
- Have you thought at all about what the victims or survivors in your crime might specifically want to say to you?
- If a survivor of your crime asked you to describe in clear detail exactly how and why you did what you did to them or their loved one, because that’s one of the answers they seek, would you be able to do that?
- If a survivor of your crime had no interest in any expression of compassion or “forgiveness,” but wanted to express exactly how they continue to feel about you and what you did, would you be able to accept that continued consequence?
- What has been the hardest part for you about being incarcerated?
- What, if anything, has been “good” for you about being incarcerated?
- When you think about being released from prison, what might the hardest part be for you about that?