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Program alerts victims when criminals are let out of jail

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

TIPTON CO., TN (WMC-TV) - For those who've been affected by crime, you know how hard it is to get over, but now there's a new way crime victims can arm themselves with peace of mind.  

It's as simple as calling a toll free number, or logging on to the world wide web.
 
"Whenever they are notified that gets them to go on guard in case they're worried about another problem out of the perpetrator," says Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley.

Chumley says the VINE system is another way to give crime victims peace of mind.

VINE stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday, and that notification begins as soon as offenders walk through a jail booking area.  

Using the VINE system, as soon as criminals walk out of the jail, victims and their families will know it simply by typing their name into the computer.

"Its about a warning to say hey this person could do the same thing over again," says court program director Danny Hogan.

Everyday, Hogan works with crime victims and their families.  Hogan says thanks to VINE, victims now have more power to keep themselves safe.

"Fear is the number one statement I hear," says Hogan.

Officials say VINE also puts crime victims a step ahead of the criminals once they're let out of jail. 

"They're weak minded anyway and whenever this happens they say I don't have another thing to intimidate the victim with," Chumley continues.

In addition to Tipton county, Shelby, Fayette, and Crittenden counties are all part of the VINE program.  To find out more on how to register for this new notification program, click here.

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