Those notifications you get from the state about upcoming parole hearings for violent criminals may no longer reach you.
The problem is due to a corrupt database with the Pardon and Parole Board computer system.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office says nobody’s private information is in danger because this was not a computer hacking situation.
But due to a computer glitch, they do need crime victims to re-register with the Pardon and Parole Board.
“All of us have computer issues,” Asst. Attorney General Lesley March said Monday.
“It’s just one of those issues where it’s just gone.”
March could not comment on exactly how the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board notification system lost its crime victim contact information, but they are urging the victims to re-register right now.
“In the attorney general’s office, our greatest fear is that some family member or some victim does not receive notification and they do not have the opportunity to object to early release of an offender,” March said.
The early release of a murderer, a rapist, or any convicted felon is a nightmare for victims who need to know if an offender is up for parole or being moved to another location.
“They have the opportunity to object to the early release either by letter or by appearing personally to the board.”
To keep getting those notifications, victims can call the Pardon and Parole Board, or sign up on their website.
But they are also urged to receive notifications from VINE, a service provided by the Attorney General’s office.
There are now smartphone apps as well, for both apple and android systems, to stay ahead of the offender’s next move.