(WMC-TV) - The victim of a violent crime has the right to know when his or her attacker is transferred or released from jail, but often that is not the case.
Law enforcement officials are learning about an online computer system called SAVIN or Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System. What they are learning will help crime victims keep track of the responsible criminal.
"We want to make sure that victims have all the support they need to feel safe and know exactly what going on with their case," said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham.
The victim registration program will give victims of violent crime real time information on offenders when they are transferred or released from prison.
"But the training not only educated those attending, but it also will show them tricks of the trade and how to deal with victims to get information in their hands," said SAVIN coordinator Gary Cordell.
With the 8-year-old program victims can be notified by email, text, and phone the minute an offender's status changes.
Courses help keep deputies up to speed on technological-related changes. SAVIN backers and trainers say their program could help save lives.
"Say you, for example, you are assaulted or robbed and the individual is arrested, you're going to want to know if that person bonds out ... Especially if they have made a threat on your life," said Cordell.