Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $190,000)
The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program (authorized by Pub.L. 111-8, and guided in part by the general principles of 42 U.S.C. §10603e) ensures victims of crime receive accurate and timely information regarding the status of offenders and events related to their cases. 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 Connecticut Office of Policy and Management will implement its SAVIN system to serve more than 8,200 registered users, including victims of crime, prosecuting authorities, and family members of inmates. The goal of the program is to increase public safety by making accurate and timely criminal justice information available electronically to registered users. The grant will enable the Judicial Branch to consolidate the present bifurcated registration system into a single, one-step electronic registration system. The funds will also allow for a convergence of information into central repository rather than the present process of information being compiled and maintained by multiple State agencies. Further, the grant will allow for the paper based notification system to become an electronic-based one.