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SAVIN allows public to track offenders
Works with Mobile Patrol App
supports HTML5 video
The public can now find out about the
status of any inmate in the state through the State-wide Automated Victim
Information and Notification system, free to the public at the push of a
“You can track in county inmate in the
state,” said Gary Cordell of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association. “It was set
up for domestic violence victims but anyone can use it.”
He explained that once the offender is
booked into a jail anywhere in the state, you can go to www.vinelink.com or call 1-888-868-4631 (TTY:
1-866-847-1298) and register for updates. You can also use your Mobile Patrol
app which is linked to the data base. Mobile Patrol can be found for Android or
Apple phones and is free to download from your app store.
“It’s plugged in to our 95 DeKalb County
jails,” Cordell noted. “In real time you can go in and pull up an inmate.”
Along with showing what they are locked up
for, Mobile Patrol will give you the option of getting notified if there is a
status change on the particular inmate. “Say you’re a victim of domestic assault
or the person has assaulted you, all you have to do is touch the blue bar (on
the app) and press how you want to be notified when the inmate has a status
change,” Cordell said. “Say the person bonds out, you will be notified before
they walk out the door. If they transfer to another facility or they escape,
you will be notified. If the inmate passes away while in custody, you will be notified.
It’s a safety net for crime victims.”
The app works in English or Spanish. The
user will be prompted to enter a four digit personal identification number once
you select whether you want notification by phone, text, e-mail or all three.
“You can go to any of the counties in
Tennessee,” he pointed out, adding the mere fact they were able to get all 95
sheriff’s to link together is a near miracle in itself. “Getting 95 sheriffs to
agree on one thing, it’s worse that herding cats.”
Sheriff Patrick Ray is on the SAVIN Board
for the sheriff’s association. The sheriff pointed out that Tennessee is a
model for other states in the area of victim notification.
“If anyone needs any pamphlets or cards,
they are welcome to come by the sheriff’s department,” Sheriff Ray said of
getting the word out about the valuable SAVIN resource.