This is the video and transcript of an interview with Seri Irazola at the 2012 NIJ Conference regarding his work as the chief investigator for the National Evaluation of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) system.
SAVINs are funded by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Their statewide function is to provide crime victims information and notification on the criminal justice processing and location of the offenders who victimized them. An evaluation is currently underway to examine SAVIN's implementation status and outcomes to date. In an effort to determine SAVIN's impact on crime victims, a survey was conducted with crime victims to determine their views of the project. Irazola reports that 80 percent of the surveyed crime victims who had registered for the program were "satisfied" or "extremely satisfied" with the program. Irazola comments that crime victims should be notified of the status of the criminal justice processing of the person who victimized them, so they can be aware of any changes that have occurred and whether they have implications for the victim.
Date Published: June 1, 2012