SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has created an advisory group to develop a more effective and efficient system for notifying crime victims of any change in the status of those who have hurt them.
The 20-member task force has been meeting since June to develop an online program to offer victims quick notifications.
The State Automated Victim Information and Notification System will alert victims of changes in an offender's status through phone calls, text messages or email.
South Dakota is one of three states that does not offer an automated crime victim notification system. Jackley says that financial barriers prevented adoption of the program in the past, but a $790,000 budget is now in place to get the program operating by July 2015.