Vermillion chief named to SAVIN advisory commission

Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced today the addition of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Program to South Dakota.

With the passage of SB70, came the creation of this program that will benefit crime victims and those that serve them.

The South Dakota SAVIN Program is a free, automated service that provides crime victims with vital information and notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This service will allow victims to obtain offender information and to register for notification of a change in offender status. Such information may include important hearing, trial or sentencing dates, as well as changes in bond conditions or release from custody.

Legislators of the 2013 legislative session allocated $790,000 for this project’s two-year development process.

Jackley has appointed several individuals throughout the state to participate in a SAVIN Advisory Commission. The Commission will work to plan, create and implement the most effective services necessary to best serve the victims in South Dakota.

“SAVIN presents the opportunity to provide both victims and defendant’s family members timely information to assist them through what is often a difficult process. I thank the committee members and encourage them to develop a system that saves taxpayer resources by avoiding duplication and to bring greater transparency to government action in the criminal process,” said Jackley.

The following have agreed to serve as part of the advisory commission:

Chief Matt Betzen – Vermillion Police Department

Kathy Christenson – Unified Judicial System

Ben Dunsmoor – Media

Dawn Elshire – Codington County State’s Attorney

Laurie Feiler – Department of Corrections

Krista HeerenGraber – SD Network

John Hult – Media

Jeanie Hutmacher – Victim representative

Chris Jongeling – SD Coalition

Lori Martinec – Department of Social Services

Tatewin Means – Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General

Sheila Pirring – Defendant representative

Sara Rabern – Attorney General’s Office

Sheriff Kevin Thom – Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

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