Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Victims Services Unit has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to enhance a statewide criminal and victim notification system.


Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Victims Services Unit has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to enhance a statewide criminal and victim notification system.

The federal funding will allow for much needed technology upgrades to ensure continued reliability, additional personnel, training and promotion of the Oklahoma Victim Information and Notification Everyday program (OK VINE).

“Our notification system updates victims and other interested parties throughout the process from booking to release, pardon or parole,” said Lesley March, chief of the Victims Services Unit. “The funding will help ensure safety and support is available for Oklahomans.”

The OK VINE program allows victims, victim advocates, law enforcement and interested parties to track offenders in the state’s criminal system. The free, 24-hour confidential service automatically sends notifications by phone, e-mail or text message, alerting users of any changes to an offender’s status.

March said Oklahoma’s enhancement grant was awarded through the Bureau of Justice’s Assistance Developing and Enhancing Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Programs.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and 77 county jails participate in the program. Since implementation in 2006, nearly 104,000 people have registered and 432,517 phone calls/notifications have been sent. OK VINE searches total nearly 1.2 million and continue to rise each year. Recent upgrades include text messaging and notifications for pardon, parole and protective orders through OK VINE VPO.

For more information, visit http://www.oag.ok.gov. To report incidents of domestic violence statewide, call (800) 522-SAFE.
The Attorney General’s Victims Services Unit oversees funding and provides training and certification for domestic violence programs across Oklahoma.