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Virginia Department of Corrections announces new notification tool for crime victims

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The Virginia Department of Corrections Victim Services Unit has gone high tech – with a new notification system designed to alert crime victims on the status of inmates.

The Notification and Assistance for Victim Inclusion is a new, user-friendly, and victim-oriented system, designed to alert crime victims of any change in the status of one or more inmates.

“The new system represents a dramatic move forward for VADOC’s Victim Services Unit as we continue to improve the support and resources we offer to crime victims,” said VADOC’s victim services director Amber Leake. “NAAVI will provide the victims of crime in Virginia the opportunity to access all of the essential post-sentencing services and information they may need.”

Users can register online to receive updates via email, text, phone, and/or mail as long as their perpetrator is incarcerated within the VADOC.

Once registered, crime victims can customize their online profile and specify how and when they are notified concerning VADOC inmate status changes. NAAVI provides notification in English and Spanish and includes inmates who have been sentenced to serve 12 months or more.

NAAVI does not notify of status changes for probationers or parolees, or inmates housed in local or regional jails.

If the inmate is currently incarcerated in a jail, victims can register for notifications through VINE.

Crime victims can voluntarily register online here.

More information can be found at the Victim Service page on the VADOC website. An introductory video is available on VADOC’s YouTube channel in English and in Spanish.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.