New Jersey violent crime victims will automatically be notified by telephone when their attacker is released or moved within the penal system under a new program that is expected to be in place by next month, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. More than 7,000 victims have registered with the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system in 19 counties. New Jersey will become the 37th state that immediately notifies victims and their families when an attacker is released or transferred.
The VINE system is programmed to tell victims if an alleged attacker who is facing charges makes bail, which authorities say is particularly important in cases of domestic violence. The federally funded VINE system is available to victims as soon as a violent crime is reported to police, said Assistant Attorney General Patricia Prezioso. Victims or family members must provide police with one or more telephone numbers and a four-digit personal identification number.