TN SAVIN – Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification
The purpose of the program is to increase the safety of victims of crime, law enforcement, criminal justice personnel and the general public by providing access to timely information concerning the custody status of offenders in county jails. Victims and other concerned citizens can register anonymously by telephone (1-888-868-4631) or register at the website to be notified in the event of an offender’s release, transfer or escape. The VINE system is provided by our sole source provider Appriss. The TSA Staff and SAVIN Governing Council, which is comprised of sheriffs representing all regions of the state, have been working hard toward implementing and promoting this service to the public.
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The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration and the Office of Criminal Justice Programs are authorized to provide an annual grant from the Victim Notification Fund to make this program possible. The 2009 Tennessee State Legislature enacted legislation, signed by the Governor as Public Chapter 488, to fund this 24-hour/365 day Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification System to be operated by the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association beginning July 1, 2010.
TN SAVIN provides an optional process and timelier access to offender information from participating county correctional facilities. 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 anywhere-at home or your workplace and up to five contact numbers can be entered. That kind of information could provide protection that is critically important to anyone who’s concerned about the whereabouts of any offender. However, victims should not rely solely on this system for all notification purposes.
Citizens calling 1-888-868-4631 are asked to provide an offender’s name and/or booking number which they can obtain from their local county jail or correctional facility. After the system has provided the relevant offender custody information, it asks the caller if they would like to register to be automatically notified when that offender is released or transferred and what manner of notification they prefer. Those choosing to register provide a phone number, and a four-digit personal identification number (PIN), which they will later use to confirm the notification calls or to cancel any future calls if needed. Live operator assistance is available round-the-clock for callers who have questions or require additional help. General information is in both Spanish and English and interpreters are available in many languages.
Citizens locating an offender and/or registering via the internet access the information through www.vinelink.com and simply click on the State of Tennessee on the Vine map and follow the instructions given.
TNSAVIN brochures and posters are also available to the public in Spanish and English. For information contact Gary Cordell, SAVIN Program Coordinator, at 615-547-0112.
Message from our SAVIN Program Committee Chairman
The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association is dedicated to providing crime victims with 24-hour access to free, prompt, and confidential offender release notification. The TN SAVIN Program (Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification) can assist in providing a sense of empowerment for crime victims while attempting to move ahead with their lives after being victimized by crime. The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association believes strongly in dedicating our efforts towards assisting crime victims everywhere. Working as a team, Tennessee Sheriffs will enhance upon the progress made in the SAVIN program and continue to make great strides toward our goal of providing the very best for crime victims in Tennessee. As chairman of the TN SAVIN Program Committee, I am honored to be a part of such a great effort that really makes a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.
Sheriff Troy Klyce