Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $138,760)
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 Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will utilize its Fiscal Year 2009 Developing and Enhancing Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) award to enhance and expand the current Oklahoma Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system. The OK VINE is comprised of a near real-time data collection network, a central data processing facility, a network monitoring/ management capability, and a two-way communication capability. This grant will enhance the VINE service by providing registered victims with information regarding the custody status of a given offender on probation or parole. Victims currently have access to basic custody status information via a toll-free number and a public access website. The addition of each of the grant-funded enhancements will provide victims with more confidence and an increased sense of safety by having the ability to utilize critical information regarding the offender on probation or parole. The vendor will use the existing data received by the Department of Corrections to implement the OK VINE Probation/Parole Event Notification program.
The SAVIN award will also improve the flow of information pertaining to orders of protection. Information regarding orders of protection is currently entered manually into OLETS, the Department of Public Safety's (DPS) telecommunications database. Data-entry terminals are scattered around the state. This process is paper driven which may cause a considerable time lapse between when an order is issued and served and when it becomes available for National Crime Information Center (NCIC) submission through DPS and available for interstate enforcement. Even though protective orders are not mandatory through NCIC, this process will ensure that all of Oklahoma's orders will be entered. The grant will allow for the exporting of data directly to the DPS database and/or the exporting of data to the terminals throughout the state. This process will populate the known data fields and allow the state agencies to validate the data, preserving both personal time and data quality. It will also flag cases missing required data and notify administrators when a case needs specific attention.