Department of Corrections Implements New Victim Notification System
(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner, William L. Wrenn, joins the Victim Services Bureau and the New Hampshire Department of Safety to announce the implementation of the New Hampshire Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (NH SAVIN) system. The Department of Corrections is the first New Hampshire agency to utilize this new technology.
NH SAVIN is a tool to provide offender status updates to victims of crime through an automated electronic system. NH SAVIN is a closed-system that will provide fast and secure notifications regarding offender status through phone calls, text messages and emails. Both prosecution based advocates and NHDOC victim advocates will be tasked with registering victims of crime. Crime victims who are registered will then have the ability to maintain a personal profile, which allows them to update their notification preferences and contact information as needed.
In 2012, The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, awarded the Department an $18,042 federal grant to develop SAVIN. A multi-disciplinary team made up of crisis center and system based advocates, Judicial Branch personnel, crime victim survivors, information and technology staff, and law enforcement collaborated in the design and development of a more efficient service that honors crime victims’ rights and promotes individual and public safety through timely notification.
Commissioner Wrenn said, “Victims and survivors of crime have shared their personal experiences and provided valuable input about why victim feedback and notification is important. NH-SAVIN is a result of this multi-agency collaboration which identified what information is most critical and helpful to victims and their preferred way to receive these notifications.”
The multi-disciplinary team has worked together to create a glossary of terms, FAQ sheets for both victims and advocates, informational postcards and letters, a centralized list of resources for victims of crime, and is developing a statewide training on the NH SAVIN system for professionals utilizing the system.
Commissioner Wrenn added, “We will continue to work with other criminal justice agencies to expand the use of NH SAVIN in serving crime survivors across New Hampshire. We look forward to offering victims of crime helpful, faster and secure notification through the New Hampshire Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification system.”
The mission of the Victim Services Bureau at New Hampshire Department of Corrections is to provide advocacy, support and quality services for crime victims and survivors. Advocates will continue to be available for support and assistance, in addition to notification through the NH SAVIN system. They can be reached at (603) 271-7351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Victim Services Bureau and NH SAVIN please visit the Department of Corrections website by clicking on this link. www.nh.gov/nhdoc/divisions/victim/index.html.