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VINE Program Enhancement - Kentucky's Expansion of Court Notification

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $500,000)

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 Kentucky Department of Corrections will utilize fiscal year 2008 SAVIN funding to expand the coverage and functionality of the current Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system by incorporating court notification to victims of crime for both felony and misdemeanor cases for each county in the state. The goal of the enhancement project is to enable victims to register for notification of upcoming court dates and changes in court hearing status, in addition to receiving general information about an offender in an effort to help them stay well-informed of their case. In order to ensure victims of crime are aware of the enhanced VINE services, collaborative efforts among project partners representing victim service agencies and groups will create and distribute new materials discussing the court notification enhancement. The project will also provide training throughout the state for areas that request detailed demonstration of the system. Additionally, the department's website will be regularly updated to include information about the enhancements made.


Date Created: July 31, 2008