Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $600,000)
The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), helps protect victims and survivors of crime from further victimization and ensures their rights are secured by providing registered individuals with timely and accurate information about any important dates and developments relating to the criminal proceedings at issue in their case (e.g., trial dates, times, or changes; probation hearings; inmate relocation; and offender release). This program allows victims and survivors to discretely receive information that can help them make informed decisions about their level of participation in the legal process. Effective SAVIN programs require broad multiagency support, increased victim safety, compliance with legislative requirements, and minimization of costs associated with keeping registered participants informed throughout the criminal justice process.
The grant recipient will use the funds to implement a new SAVIN system or to expand the coverage and notification functionality of the current system to include information and notifications related to court events, offenders on community supervision (probation and parole), juvenile cases, protection orders, and related information important to crime victims and survivors. Funds may also be used to facilitate additional system functions or other victim services that improve the availability and quality of the information that is shared to better inform and support victims and survivors of crime.