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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office is providing inmate tracking information for Oklahomans and victims of crime through the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program administered by the AG’s Victim Services Unit.
Oklahoma’s VINE program is a free and anonymous service that allows Oklahomans to register and be notified about changes in the status of Oklahoma inmates.
“By providing information on inmate status, we are increasing victim safety,” said Lesley March, chief of the AG’s Victim Services Unit. “Victims are no longer dependent upon the courthouse being open for them to be notified of the release of a potentially dangerous individual. Knowledge many times translates into power, and with victims of violent crimes, it may mean the difference between life and death.”
The service notifies participants with inmates’ current status information such as general release date, escape, returns from escape, death, out to court and unsupervised custody. VINE offers multiple ways to receive notifications.
The service is available 24 hours a day year-round. Operators who answer the toll-free number are available in English and Spanish to assist victims, their families and the public in registering for VINE.
To sign up for the VINE program, Oklahomans can log onto www.vinelink.com or call (877) OK4-VINE.
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Starting with the as-yet-unreleased Apple iOS 6, the company is planning to ditch Google Maps and replace it with its own mapping software. Apple’s new mapping software will not include public transit navigation, so unlike Google Maps — which has spent the past seven years working with cities to offer this information to its users — Apple will need to rely on third-party developers to develop apps that make use of open data offered by city governments.
Here’s the rub, as The Atlantic Cities astutely observes: Many large cities — such as Atlanta, Phoenix and Detroit — do not offer open data about public transit systems, but these cities do work with Google to provide that information.
This could result in increased public awareness about open data, as iPhone users upset about lost mapping functionality could begin requesting that their city offer open data sets. Or they might just switch to Android.
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