PEACE OF MIND IN MARYLAND.
Maryland is about to go statewide with a program that alerts crime
victims to the status of offenders as they move through the criminal
justice system. Victim Identification and Notification Everyday (VINE)
keeps crime victims informed through a 24-hour hot line of an
offender's custody status and pending court dates and hearings.
Victims who register also get an automated phone call notifying them
when an offender is moved, released or comes up for parole. The
system's developer says the service is being used in 750
communities in 35 states. Maryland is among nine states that will offer
it statewide, and one of three that includes information about pending
court dates and hearings.