FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 6, 2018
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to remind South Dakotans that next week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Each year a week is set aside to honor crime victims and our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. The commemorative week will run from April 8-14, 2018.
“This year’s theme—Expand the Circle- Reach all Victims – emphasizes the importance of victim services. Every crime victim should have access to services and support needed to help them through the process,” said Jackley. “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week focuses on the advancement of victims’ rights and how victims can be better served. South Dakota’s victim notification system is doing just that as it continues to make information more readily available to victims and the public.”
As part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to recognize the progress in the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN).
In August 2016, the SAVIN System was launched and tasked at providing a free, automated service that provides crime victims with vital information and notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The system service allows victims to obtain offender information and to register for notification of a change in offender status. At the time of inception, SAVIN received information from the South Dakota Unified Judicial System, South Dakota Department of Corrections and 3 county jails. Since then, the information feeds have increased to 13 county jails servicing a total of 35 counties in South Dakota. Those jails include the following: Beadle, Brookings, Clay, Codington, Davison, Hughes, Lake, Lawrence, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Union, and Yankton.
For additional information on South Dakota SAVIN and Alert Notification Service check out the website at: South Dakota SAVIN and Alert Notification Service
For additional information about national resources available to help crime victims, visit the website developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime www.ncvc.org.
The Attorney General’s Victim Witness Program provides victim services in rural areas in South Dakota and for more information about this program visit: Attorney General’s Victim Witness Program