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New Inmate Tracking System in Oklahoma

A new inmate tracking system is being implemented in Oklahoma. The system alerts crime victims whenever there are changes in the status of inmates. Last week, Garvin County was the latest county to launch the program. KTEN's Andrea Kurys has the story.        

The victim information and notification everyday program, or "VINE," is now available in 39 of the state's 77 counties. Oklahomans who register with the system can access the custody status of any offender in the state's criminal justice system over the phone or online.

Users have 24-hour access to that information, and can receive automatic telephone notifications of any changes in status. That could include when an inmate is released, if they are transfered or if they escape.     

The system is not available yet in Carter County, but Ardmore police and residents look forward to when they will have access to the resource that can help crime victims take a pro-active approach to their safety. Kristin Chisham said, "They should have the reassurance. If you've been a victim of something like that and then you hear that they're out or they may post bail or parole or whatever...I would want to know."     

Attorney General Drew Edmondson says his office has secured more than 1 million dollars in federal grant money to implement the system across Oklahoma.

Legislators had hoped Pontotoc County would be one of the first counties in the state to have access the program. As of today, Under-Sheriff Joe Glover says they are working out some kinks in the system, but should have it up and running within the next 6-8 weeks.

Andrea Kurys, KTEN News.