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.
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|Title Annotation:||tracking of offenders|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 1, 2001|
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