Magazine article Corrections Forum

Phone System Lets Victims of Crime Track Offenders

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Phone System Lets Victims of Crime Track Offenders

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Houston Chronicle

Part of a pilot program designed to assist victims track their offenders through the legal process was scheduled for launch on April 6 by law enforcement officials in Harris County, Texas. The Texas Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) allows callers to monitor the status of criminal cases within the legal system. The system will also generate phone calls to the victim when an offender has been released or a status change has occurred in the case. VINE is a collaborative effort of five Texas counties, including Harris, Dallas, El Paso, Childress and Collingsworth, as well as the Crime Victim's Institute in State Attorney General John Cornyn's office. Harris County officials approved the $145,000 in funding for their VINE pilot. County fees incurred for the privately contracted phone service will be reimbursed through a state grant awarded by Governor Rick Perry. …

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