Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $495,000)
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 Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice will utilize the FY 2009 SAVIN funds to provide real-time, protective order notifications to petitioners. The State of Utah has a successful victim notification system. Victims can receive information and release notification from the Utah Department of Corrections and from all 25 jails. This project will expand notification to those requesting a protective order when the respondent is served.
While most of these orders are made available to law enforcement using the current statewide protective orders system, these orders are not produced 'real-time'. This means that orders that have missing or incorrect data cannot be corrected in a timely manner. More importantly, because the current system is not 'real-time' the State is unable to provide notifications, so petitioners are not notified when the respondent is served.
While Utah has employed Appriss and their VINE product to great effect, Utah intends to deploy a different technology for notification of protective orders. Using the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Utah will generate the notification calls directly from the ESB. This technology solution was first deployed by Utah in 2007 for use in its electronic search warrant system (e-Warrants). Requests to prosecutors, law enforcement, and the 'on-call' judge are sent via the ESB through an email/pager system. Using the ESB will allow the notification system to serve as a real-time notification system.