Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Tweaks Victim Notification System
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - On Thursday, Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail worked out an issue with a system that notifies victims of release dates for inmates at the facility.
The system is known as the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE).
VINE was getting wrong information from the jail management system and notifying people 15 minutes after an inmate’s release.
Since the issues were raised, the system was paused and the jail worked to correct how VINE received information about release dates.
Superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, Colonel Martin Kumer, recommended changes that would require VINE to send notifications about release dates 15 minutes after being calculated.
The second change would require notifications be sent out 72 hours prior to an inmate being released.
“VINE was doing what they're supposed to be doing, they're putting out the information they got. We discovered the information they were getting was incorrect so we worked with Vine and our jail management system software designer to go in and fix that problem. It has been fixed, and we're ready to start testing it to make sure the information is actually going out as its intended,” said Kumer.
The jail board and agencies involved will test the updates to the system and make a final decision at its May meeting.
As for notifying ICE when an undocumented immigrant is released, the board is waiting to see if the governor will sign or veto House Bill 22-70.
That bill would require all jail facilities to notify ICE when an undocumented immigrate is released.