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Sex Offender Enhancement for the Illinois AVN System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $481,894)

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 Office of the Illinois Attorney General (OAG) will enhance the Illinois Statewide Automated Victim Notification (AVN) system to provide notification to victims of convicted sex offenders residing in the state. The notifications will inform victims when sex offenders change residences, change employment, or become non-compliant with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Law. This project will create a dedicated website that will provide real-time information and updates on all sex offenders. The system will provide victims with registration and notification information by phone or email to track individual sex offenders. This enhancement will include reporting capabilities that will allow for accurate measurement of the number of searches and notifications; the success of such notifications; usage by county; and ongoing sex offender population numbers and status. The enhanced system will include 24/7 access and response via telephone, internet, and live operator assistance. During the grant period, the OAG will gather comparative data for evaluation progress in the areas of usage, training, and public awareness.


Date Created: July 9, 2009