Offenders sometimes want to write letters of apology to the victims/survivors of their crimes. In an apology letter, an offender may acknowledge fault, the injury and pain caused to the victim or others, and responsibility for the crime and the harm caused. The letter will not offer excuses or request forgiveness or pardon.
By policy, the Department of Corrections (DOC) does not allow an offender to send an apology letter to a victim, either directly or through a third party. An apology letter from an offender is held by the Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Program at the DOC and distributed only when and if the victim specifically decides to accept the correspondence.
Forms can be mailed to:
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Victim Assistance & Restorative Justice Program
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55108
Forms can be emailed to:
For more information or if you have questions about the Apology Letter program, please contact the Restorative Justice Coordinator at 651.361.7250 or firstname.lastname@example.org