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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
April 6, 2000
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Contact: JoEllyn Rackleff
(850) 488-0420
Mark Lazarus
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Victims' Rights: Dare to Dream
VINE Program Helps Victims

TALLAHASSEE - National Crime Victims' Rights Week in America commemorates its 20th anniversary April 9-15. Crime victims and those who serve them will join together in communities across America to discuss the many services available to victims.

The theme of this year's observance, "Victims' Rights: Dare to Dream" focuses on the national commitment to providing quality services to people and communities hurt by crime.

Over the last 20 years, there has been tremendous progress in victims' rights and services. This year's theme "Victims' Rights: Dare to Dream" acknowledges the collective efforts of the criminal justice system, private industry and the general public. The Florida Department of Corrections' commitment includes the implementation of the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program.

"The VINE program provides information about the status of an offender, as well as automated telephone notification 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Secretary Michael Moore said. "Since its introduction to the state in September, VINE has processed more than 134,000 telephone inquiries and notifications on behalf of crime victims."

VINE is a free public service available to the public. To register for VINE notification, call toll-free at 1-877-VINE-4FL (1-877-846-3435).

According to Moore, VINE has already empowered nearly 17,000 victims statewide to learn the status of offenders.

"Information is the key to a crime victim's efforts to put his or her life back on track. Information accessible through VINE gives victims a sense of security and helps them stay informed and involved," Moore said. "I am encouraged that the people are taking advantage of this valuable program."

During National Crime Victims Rights Week and throughout the year, the DOC victim services unit urges all victim service agencies to continue seeking comprehensive ways to assist victims of crime.

"I support all efforts leading to better solutions for crime victim services and I'm proud that we are among the first in the country to bring VINE to the state level," Moore said.