August 14, 2009
CRIME VICTIM NOTIFICATION
By: Sandra Norman-Eady, Chief Attorney
You asked for the status of the crime victim notification system authorized by PA 08-1, January Special Session, An Act Concerning Criminal Justice Reform.
PA 08-1, January Special Session, requires the (1) Judicial Branch to contract for the establishment and implementation of a statewide, automated victim notification system (SAVIN) and (2) Judicial Branch's Office of Victim Services, Board of Pardons and Paroles, Department of Correction's Victim Services Unit, and the Criminal Justice Division to use it to notify registered crime victims of relevant offender information and status reports. It mandates that the system be operational by the earlier of July 1, 2009 or 30 days after receipt of notice that federal funds have been awarded for its establishment and implementation.
At the end of June he Judicial Branch signed a contract with Appriss, a privately-held company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, to establish SAVIN. Founded in 1994, Appriss' flagship product, VINEŽ, is an automated victim notification solution that makes it easy for victims and other citizens to obtain timely information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders held in local jails or state prisons.
The Branch received a written award letter on July 10, 2009 from the federal Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, approving $190,000 in funding for SAVIN, according to Linda Cimino, chair of the SAVIN Project Planning Committee. Chief Administrative Judge Barbara Quinn signed the letter of award on July 21, 2009.
The state must match the federal grant for a total project cost of $380,000. The Branch is awaiting the passage of the state budget, including relevant appropriations, to complete the contracting process and implement the program.