Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
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 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will utilize the FY 2009 SAVIN award to enhance its statewide victim notification system at the county jail level to include victims whose offender is in a state-level facility under the jurisdiction of the CDCR. The State does not have a unified statewide system, as the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights (OVSR), California State Sheriff's Association (CSSA), and CDCR manage victim notification systems independent of each other. The California VINE system is currently managed by CSSA; however, it has been agreed that the CDCR, though OVSR, will be the responsible administrative agency and to manage the state's VINE system.
This project will involve a seamless integration of all data into one statewide system and allow the State of California to provide one statewide, toll-free number for victim services. The CDCR will also assist the CSSA in completing their implementation of California VINE projects in any remaining county jails, if necessary. Grant funds will cover the costs for personnel, in-state vendor visits, regional trainings, hardware (includes licenses), and contractual fees (operational roll-out costs).