On Tuesday, August 16, South Dakota’s Attorney General Marty Jackley stopped by the Rapid City offices of FHA. The purpose of his visit was to chat with our Executive Director, Dale Bartscher, and to announce the roll out of a new system designed to make public information more accessible and to keep crime victims updated on offender status.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Rollout
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the rollout of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) System.
The goal of SAVIN is to create a notification system that will benefit crime victims and those that serve them. The South Dakota SAVIN System is a free, automated service that provides crime victims with vital information and notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This service will allow victims to obtain offender information and to register for notification of a change in offender status. Such information may include important hearing, trial or sentencing dates, as well as changes in bond conditions or release from custody.
“Serving victims of crime should remain a top priority in our State. The SAVIN System will help inform and protect victims by making offender information readily available,” said Jackley. “SAVIN will also foster greater transparency within the criminal proceedings by making public information more accessible,” said Jackley.
The following were members of the advisory commission that oversaw the implementation of the SAVIN System:
Chief Matt Benson, Vermillion Police Department Kathy Christenson, Unified Judicial System Sheila Pirring, Defendant Representative
Krista Heeren Graber, South Dakota Network Against Domestic Violence Sheriff Kevin Thom, Pennington County Sheriff
John Hult, Argus Leader
Judge Dawn Elshire, former Codington County States Attorney Laurie Feiler, Department of Corrections
Lisa Thompson-Heth, SD Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ben Dunsmoor, formerly of KELO
Tatewin Means, Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General
Paul Bousa, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications Lori Martinic, formerly of Department of Social Services Ross Uhrig, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications Jeanie Hutmacher, Victim Representative
Attorney General Marty Jackley
Director Bryan Gortmaker, Division of Criminal Investigation Deputy Attorney General Charlie McGuigan
Asst. Director Brian Zeeb, Division of Criminal Investigation Jamie Freestone, Division of Criminal Investigation
Sara Rabern Attorney General’s Office Public Information Officer