Victims to have easier time keeping track of offenders

Aug 3, 2016

Credit Hilary Farrell

Michigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders.

MI-VINE is a notification system for victims of crimes.

It sends victims texts, emails, or phone calls giving them updates about their case or telling them if there is a change in the offender’s location.

Victims currently have to re-register if an offender is moved from jail to prison. That's something a lot of victims don’t realize.

The Crime Victims Service Commission is working to make sure victims only have to register one time. 

James McCurtis is the director of the commission. He says the change will help give victims peace of mind.

“We wanna make it just one time, they don’t have to worry about it," he says. "They would be notified no matter what.”

So far this year, about 66,000 crime victims have used MI-VINE.