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Wayne renews victim’s alerts

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards is pictured as she appeared before the county commissioners on January 9.
TRR photo by David Hulse

By David Hulse
January 15, 2014

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania and Wayne County have a system to help victims of crime, who often retain fears about the person convicted for it.

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards came before the county commissioners on January 9 to win renewal of the county portion of funding for the Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification (SAVIN) program.

Edwards said the program provides notification to registered participants of any change in the custody of a prisoner in either a county or state prison.

Immediate notifications cover release, parole, change of custody, or escape, and are done primarily by telephone, but Edwards said people registered in the program can choose a method of notification.

The program also notifies registrants of pending parole hearings. According to the state website (www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/notifications/14767/re...), “This is a way to let the decision makers know about any concerns you may have for the safety of you and your family and to request certain conditions of release be put in place if the offender is approved for release.”

The annual $2,000 contract cost is shared by the county and PA District Attorneys Institute.

In other business last Thursday the commissioners:

• Certified their “maintenance of effort” for federal funding available under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA);

• Approved the promotions of Barbara Fotusky, to clerk III, salaried at $22,511.25; Lindsey Dirlam, to Caseworker II at the Behavioral Development Program/Early Intervention (BDP/EI), salaried at $29,342.92; Lori Kizer, to Drug and Alcohol Case Management Specialist, salaried at $36,546.53; and Sarah Schwartz, to full-time BDP/EI Aging Care Manager, at $32,024.70;

• Approved a series of certificates of recognition to be presented to volunteers for the Wayne County Historical Society at the society’s upcoming annual dinner.