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We’ll know where crooks are with new system

Area crime victims will receive updated information on the whereabouts of their attackers through a program approved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the California State Sheriff’s Association got a grant from the state Department of Justice to offer free victim identification software to every sheriff’s office in the state until 2010. After that, counties will decide whether to continue the program, which costs $10,000 yearly.

The Victim Information and Notification Everday (VINE) and Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) systems and could be working in 60 days in Nevada County, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Through an automatic, computerized system, victims of crime will be notified by telephone when offenders are released from jail or transferred from facilities. So far, 27 counties have connected to the VINE network.


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