KENNEWICK, Wash. - When criminals offend the focus is usually on their crime, but behind the offender's actions stand thousands of victims.
It's those victims who need protection and peace of mind while their perpetrators are locked up. State senators agreed during the 2006 state legislative session fighting to find funding for the national victim notification network also known as vine.
In the privacy of their own home victims can look up their offenders, find out where they're serving time, and can sign up to be emailed or called every time they're transferred or their status changes.
The vine network is already in use in about 20 other states and now crime victims in Washington have some control back in their own hands.