Friday, December 04, 2009

Victim-notification system celebrates 15 years

Logically, Debra Puglisi Sharp knows that the man who is serving 10 life sentences in Delaware for killing her husband, raping her and holding her hostage for five days should never get out of prison.

But she said she takes nothing for granted and wants to know where he is at all times. “I don’t have complete faith in the judicial system,” Puglisi Sharp said. “I need to know exactly where he is.” A victim-notification system first developed in Kentucky allows her to do just that, providing her and other victims a level of security by letting them track their offenders.

Since it was first launched 15 years ago Sunday, 47 states have begun using VINE — which stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday. It is owned and operated by local company Appriss Inc.

The system was created after a Louisville woman named Mary Byron was killed in 1993 by a man who had been arrested for raping her and was let out of jail and was waiting for her outside Mall St. Matthews. Sharp was the first person to register with VINE when it came to Delaware in February 2008. The system alerts crime victims when their offender is being released from jail, moved to another prison or released from prison on parole or for completing a sentence.

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