Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $200,000)
The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program ensures victims of crime receive accurate and timely information regarding the status of offenders and events related to their case. Through SAVIN, victims are able to participate in the judicial process and make sound decisions to protect themselves from further victimization while maintaining total anonymity. This information-sharing capability is also available to courts, corrections, and law enforcement officials.
The State of Maryland will utilize their FY 2008 Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) award to expand its notification system. This expansion will include victims of approximately 69,000 offenders registered with the Department of Probation and Parole. The award will also enable the Department of Probation and Parole to join the notification system used by: Maryland's District Courts, Circuit Courts, State's Attorney Offices, County Detention Centers, and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. A separate notification system will be used to inform victims of changes in an offender's probation/parole status. Victim's will be notified of the following probation/parole statuses: Change in Supervision Status; Release from Supervision; Violation Hearing; Revocation Hearing; Absconder from Supervision; Capture; and a Change in Supervision Officer. The State's goal is to implement Maryland's 1994 Constitutional Amendment for Victim's Rights. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) will maintain its role of grant recipient and managing agency with responsibility for the oversight of the project. The GOCCP will work with the Maryland State Board of Victim Services to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated delivery of victim services throughout the Maryland criminal justice process.