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Idaho courts providing victim notification service

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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The Idaho Sheriffs' Association and Idaho Courts announced that crime victims and the general public can now register to be automatically notified of an offender's court proceedings, according to Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson, president of the Idaho Sheriff's Association.

Idaho VINE is currently linked to 36 Idaho county jails and the Department of Correction, enabling crime victims to register with the VINE system to be automatically notified via email or telephone of an offender's incarceration status. Recently the Idaho Supreme Court Repository linked into VINE to provide offender court information as well.

Idaho's Constitution provides crime victims the right to prior notification of trial court, appellate and parole proceedings and, upon request, to information about the sentence, incarceration and release of the defendant.

In 2010, 109,501 people were booked into Idaho's jails and Department of Correction. During the same time period, there were 95,760 felony and misde meanor cases filed in Idaho's courts. Most of these arrests and criminal cases involve victims.

Through VINE, crime victims can register to receive automated notifications regarding court proceedings and custody status by phone or e-mail by calling the toll-free number 1-866-9VINE-ID (1-866-984-6343) or visiting the website www.vinelink.com.



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Original Publication Date: August 3, 2011



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