December 20, 2011
Sheriff John A. Keel brings MISSISSIPPI’S STATEWIDE AUTOMATED VICTIM INFORMATION NOTIFICATION SERVICE (SAVIN) program to George County (also known as VINE). This service notifies crime victims when offenders are released from jail.
George County residents now have fast access to custody information on offenders throughout George County. Sheriff John A. Keel has launched SAVIN, an automated service that notifies crime victims and other concerned citizens when offenders are released, and provides around-the-clock access to offender information either by telephone or the Internet.
“Protecting the citizens of George County is always our highest priority,” said Sheriff Keel. “MISSISSIPPI SAVIN provides an added level of protection because it gives everyone access to timely and accurate information on offenders in our county, and throughout the state. We’re delighted that we could make this important service available to the public.”
Users can call 1-888-967-7284 or log onto www.vinelink.com. You will need to provide an offender’s name or booking number to access custody information. They can also register multiple phone numbers or e-mail addresses where they can be automatically notified when the offender is released, transferred, or escapes from custody.
Live operator assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for callers who have questions or require additional help.
“MISSISSIPPI SAVIN is definitely designed with the victim in mind. It’s very user-friendly,” Sheriff Keel said. “What makes it special is the automatic notification feature – as long as you’ve got a telephone or a computer, you can receive an automated alert anytime of the day or night. That kind of protection is critically important to anyone who’s concerned about the whereabouts of an offender.”
The goal of the SAVIN program is to increase public safety and improve basic criminal justice decisions by ensuring that victims are given timely and accurate information that both enhances their ability to protect themselves, and ensures they are able to fully participate in the criminal justice process.
Authorized for release by Sheriff John A. Keel