Impact statements explain how crime affects victims and community members. Under Minnesota law, anyone who has been affected by a crime, whether as a direct victim or as a community member, has a right to provide information and input to the court. Impact statements often provide information that is not included in official reports.
The statements are submitted to the court and may be delivered orally or in writing.
Impact statements are taken into account by the judge and may affect bail, conditions for release, probation or sentencing.