Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Attorney General Greg Abbott Launches Program To Help Crime Victims Track OffendersLUBBOCK - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today launched a new service to help crime victims stay informed about their cases and those accused of committing the crimes. Texas VINE, or Victim Information and Notification Everyday, gives crime victims access to suspect and offender jail status and court developments 24 hours a day.
“Crime victims have the right to be involved in the process and have access to information about their cases,” said Attorney General Greg Abbott. “Texas VINE gives crime victims another way to stay involved in the judicial process, empowering them to take back the control they so often lose to their attackers.”
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Texas VINE is a free, anonymous and continually updated telephone service. Every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, information is transferred from county databases to the National VINE Communications Center in Louisville, Kentucky, where the information is stored. Those updates are available immediately to Texas crime victims who sign up for the service by calling 1-877-TX4-VINE or 1-877-894-8463.
Representatives from the Attorney General’s office are conducting training for Lubbock-area law enforcement agencies. Lubbock resident Brittany Coppadonna also appeared with Attorney General Abbott. Coppadonna is one of the first to sign up for the Texas VINE system after her grandfather fell victim to violent crime in January. “It's really nice and beneficial for our family,” said Coppadonna. “I'm busy going to school and working. I can call Texas VINE to get the information I need without having to burden someone else.”
Texas VINE is a statewide program with 45 counties operational and another 50 in the process of setting up their systems. Texas VINE was established by the Texas Legislature through House Bill 1572. The Legislature allocated resources to implement a statewide automated victim notification system under the direction of the Office of the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division.