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Wood Co. helps victims receive information on offenders

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WOOD CO. (WAOW) -- A new program called VINE will allow victims to follow their offenders through the jail system.

Wisconsin Victim Information and Notification Everyday tells victims what prison an offender is in, and the release date of that offender.

Only victims can access the service. The database can be accessed at any time.

Wood County is one of thirty nine counties in Wisconsin using or implementing the program.

Authorities believe this is a step in the right direction.

"It's always important to empower victims of crimes by providing them with information. I think it's a nice step," Patrol Officer Dennis Keffer said.

Law enforcement involved with a particular case would hand the victim an information pamphlet that tells how victim use VINE.

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