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SAVIN Enhancement Grant

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $155,000)

The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program 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 will use their 2010 SAVIN funds to manage the enhancement of the statewide automated Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program known as California VINE. VINE service is currently offered in the State of California via multiple systems at the state and local levels. The independence of these systems requires a user to dial into multiple systems or search multiple VINELink sites in an effort to locate an offender if the location of the offender is not known.

In an effort to streamline the search process and corresponding results for the user, a new search option will be created to allow the user to search for an offender across all sites in California. This will allow the user to search any county or the entire state regardless of the system they are using.

Currently, the statewide VINE program does not offer VINELink in Spanish. As a result, due to California's large population of Spanish speaking victims there is potential for significant language barriers in accessing and utilizing the VINE service. The addition of Spanish VINELink will allow victims who speak Spanish as their first language to navigate the VINELink service absent language barriers, thereby increasing its usage and promoting multicultural inclusion amongst those seeking critical victim services.


Date Created: September 16, 2010