Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Klickitat County jail is the newest facility to come on-line for SAVIN, the statewide automated victim information and notification program.
There are currently 43 other county and city jails in this state in the program.
SAVIN can notify anyone who is registered within 15 minutes when there is a change in an offender's custody status, including release, transfer, escape or death. The service is totally confidential and free. An offender will not know who is registered to receive notification.
An informational training about the program and how to use it will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Klickitat County Jail Library. Anyone who has early contact with victims of crime and interested community members are invited to attend.
A person can check on the custody status and/or register for notification of an offender in any participating Washington State jail or other participating facility anywhere in the nation.
The service is accessed by phone, 877-846-3492, or on-line at www.vinelink.com. An operator is always available for assistance, if necessary.
Registering for notification requires a phone number and/or e-mail address and a four digit PIN. The notification message is sent out within 15 minutes of a change in custody status. The message is sent every 30 minutes for 24 hours or until the PIN followed by the # sign is entered to verify the message has been received. A victim may register multiple phone numbers.
This service has been called the most important victim safety program in 10 years. However, it will not work if victims do not know about it. As registration for notification must be complete before the offender is released, it is important to register quickly.
SAVIN was fully implemented in Washington State October 2006. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) received a grant award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and funding from the Washington State legislature to develop and maintain the SAVIN system.
In addition, the 2006 Legislature provided funds to add sex offender and protection order service notification to the system.
Printed materials including brochures and posters are available in English, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese. SAVIN is one more tool for providing effective victims' services and addressing victim safety.
For more information contact Dawn Larsen, director of projects at (360) 486-2419 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Diamond, Klickitat County Prosecutor's Office. at 773-5838.