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DIGEST OF SB 516 (Updated February 9, 2005 1:06 pm - DI 106)
Victim notification. Permits establishment of an automated victim notification system within the department of correction and permits a crime victim to register for the system by telephone. Provides that the system automatically notifies a registered crime victim by telephone when: (1) a committed offender's status changes; (2) the offender is released or has escaped; or (3) the status of certain court cases changes. Provides that the system must notify residents of a sex offender living nearby. Allows a crime victim to obtain the most recent status of an offender by calling the system. Requires the department of correction to update the system frequently. Provides that there is no cause of action based on the system's failure to notify. Requires the sheriffs to assist the department of correction and provide personnel to coordinate data for victim notification services. Permits the victim and witness assistance fund to provide funding for a victim notification system. Requires a sheriff or police chief of Indianapolis to notify the department of correction when a sex offender files a new sex offender registration form.