Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                       

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  December 30, 2005

 

VICTIMS WRONGLY NOTIFIED OF PRISONERS’ RELEASE

(Columbus)-----          The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) automated notification system malfunctioned today.  The message was sent that their offender was to be released.  More than likely these calls were not correct.  Approximately 3,000 calls were made. 

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has corrected the computer problem and apologizes for the erroneous notification.  The DRC’s Office of Victim Services (OVS) staff will be available tonight until 8:00 p.m. and again tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to verify the correct release information for those who received calls today.

 

A corrected message will also appear on DRC’s website: www.drc.state.oh.us

 

For further information please contact the Bureau of Public Information at (614) 752-1150 or the Office of Victim Services at 1-888-842-8464.