Friday, July 30, 2010

Victims' Rights on Kukui Connection

Lacene Terri, Statewide Victim Service Coordinator, and Tommy Johnson, Deputy Director - Corrections, both of the Department of Public Safety, are the guests this month on Kukui Connection.

This show will air on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Oceanic Cable Ch. 54. Repeats on August 15 and 22.

The topic - the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN). According to the website, here's what SAVIN does:

Hawaii SAVIN offers victims and concerned citizens free, anonymous, and confidential access to timely information and notification 24-hours a day, 365 days a year on the custody and parole status of offenders under the jurisdiction of the State Of Hawaii's Department of Public Safety.

Two bills were introduced in the 2009 session did not advance, but the Department hopes they will be revived in future sessions. They are:

HB335 Establishes a statewide automated victim notification system to provide victims of crime with current information regarding the custody status of the offender and upcoming court events in the victim's case. Effective July 1, 2010. (HB335 HD1)

The companion bill is SB776.

In addition, here are some helpful resource telephone numbers to have on hand, including Domestic Violence Hotlines, Victim Witness Assistance Programs, Sexual Assault Treatment Hotlines and more. Click here.

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