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After the Indiana Department of Corrections switched in the summer of 2010 from one victims’ notification service to another as a cost-saving measure, one northern Indiana county has restored its program with the previous service provider.

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers announced Jan. 7 that the county had restored the Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or VINE, which is a product of Louisville-based Appriss.

Appriss previously provided the victim notification system to Indiana counties and the state until the DOC made the switch to an in-house system, Indiana SAVIN, Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, and Alert Notification Services on July 1, 2010.

The reasons the DOC switched to an in-house system were: to serve more and spend less; to personalize the notification process; to improve information flow to victims, law enforcement, and other justice partners; and to leverage current technology, according to Brent Myers, director of registration and victim services for the DOC.

At the time of the switch, Myers said the contract with Appriss cost about $1 million per year. He said the in-house program would cost $375,000 per year using the Microsoft program Information Strategies.

A spokesman for Appriss said that Elkhart was the only county to switch back to the Appriss notification system as of Jan. 11.

Victim notification services provide information to those who register for information on specific offenders, including when the offenders move to another facility, if the offender has a hearing scheduled, or if the offender is released.

Rehearing "State changes victim alerts" IL July 21-Aug. 3, 2010
 

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  3. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

  5. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

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