Victim Information Notification Everyday to help crime victims
RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Crime victims advocates from all over East Texas are being trained on a new way to help their clients.
Rusk County held a training seminar on Wednesday for the VINE, or Victim Information Notification Everyday.
The system is set up to notify crime victims about when their are offenders are released from jails or prisons. Some of the people at the training say they know all of their clients want that information.
"It makes them feel safer. they can make appropriate plans, they know when he's getting out, and it helps in all levels," says Martha Carney from the East Texas Crisis Center in Tyler.
"I'm afraid it hasn't been done very well in the past. Because, this information was not known to so many of us, including me," adds Lynn Standley, a Houston County victim assistant.
The VINE program is a free service, paid for by the State Attorney General. Victims can call in to the center 24-hours a day.