Updated 04/27/2012 04:21 PM
Sheriffs gather to help crime victims
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Law enforcers, county correction officers and members of victim panels from across the state gather in Albany for the VINE conference. They're working to raise awareness for the Victim Information and Notification Everyday program, also called VINE.
The program allows crime victims to check the status of incarcerated inmates at any of New York's county jails, or state correctional facilities. That includes when an inmate will be released.
Officials say more than a million people across the state found out inmates’ statuses using the VINE program database last year and they want people to know this program is available.
"And it helps a lot you got a domestic violence case and their always worried, what’s going on, what’s going on, so now we have that information for them to log on and see what’s going on and be aware with what’s going on with the case," said Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley.
They say in the six years since the program launch, it's been a success.
Victims can search local counties and the state department of correctional services by calling the VINE hotline or visiting www.vinelink.com.