Statewide program aims to help crime victims - KOTA Territory News

Statewide program aims to help crime victims

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A new statewide program is announced today aimed at benefiting crime victims as well those that serve them.

Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced today the addition of the statewide automated victim information and notification program or SAVIN as its known.

The program provides vital information and notifications 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Information will include trials, sentencing dates, release from custody and will be easily obtained by those in the program.

Jackley has appointed several individuals throughout the state to participate in a SAVIN advising commission. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom is one of the members and believes the program will benefit those involved.

"I was the one who advocated for it in the criminal Justice court group initially so I'm pleased to see it got included in the legislation and I think it will be a tremendous asset for victims in South Dakota."

790,000 dollars has been allocated for this programs 2 year development.

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