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Crime victims can get updates on offenders

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

Each week, dozens of crime victims in Mississippi learn about any change in the status of offenders thanks to two services offered by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Victims or other survivors can register with Victim Services or the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification program, known as SAVIN, to receive alerts about offenders under MDOC supervision or jurisdiction. Notification can be received by telephone, letter, email and texts.

The MDOC is encouraging victims or their survivors to consider registering. Victim Services can be reached at (601) 359-5628 or (866) 522-4087; to reach SAVIN, call (888) 967-7284 or (601) 359-5759. Or, victims can register online at www.mdoc.state.ms.us and www.vinelink.com. Both services also extend beyond notification.

For example, Victim Services also assists with harassment complaints or threats made via phone, social media or mail.

Additionally, staff serves as a liaison with the state Parole Board, local government agencies and state courts and provides escort to parole hearings and executions. Victim Services is the only correction-based service provider in the state. It currently has about 6,100 registrants.

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