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Genesee County Jail joins MI-VINE, helps protect crime victims

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS) is pleased to announce that the Genesee County Jail is the latest agency to adopt the state’s MI-VINE program – an around-theclock automated system that notifies crime victims and other concerned citizens about the custody status of offenders.

“Protecting Michigan residents is always our highest priority and MI-VINE provides an added level of protection because it gives anyone access to timely and accurate information about offenders throughout the state,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDHHS. “As long as you have a telephone, computer or smart phone, you can receive an automated alert anytime of the day or night.”

The Crime Victim Services Commission, housed within MDHHS, began offering MI-VINE in 2000. The Crime Victim Rights Fund, which is supported by criminal assessment fees in the courts and not by taxpayer money, funds the Vinelink service. In Michigan, 77 county jails, 71 prosecuting attorney offices and the Department of Corrections use the MI-VINE service. Genesee County began using the system in June.

Crime victims and other concerned citizens in all counties can register for the MI-VINE program by calling 1-800-770- 7657 or online at Users can check on the status of an offender 24 hours a day, seven days a week and once registered will be automatically notified when there is a change in that offender’s custody status. The service is free and anonymous.

MI-VINE is designed to be user-friendly with the victim in mind. The automatic notification feature is the kind of protection that is critically important to anyone with concerns about the whereabouts of an offender.

Details: Call 1-800-770-7657. — G.G.

Genesee District Library presents author

GRAND BLANC — Author Event: Pastor Todd Biermann: – The Grand Blanc- McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd., will host author Todd Biermann on July 14 at 6 p.m. to discuss his new book Handing Out Life: The Simple Way to Rewarding Relationships in All of Life. He will discuss ways to unlock the mystery to rewarding relationships with God, family, friends, work associates, and even enemies. Program includes light refreshments and book signing.

Documentary: Thank You for Playing – The Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd., will show the documentary ‘Thank You for Playing’ on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. This American documentary film follows the development of the video game That Dragon, Cancer, telling the story of Ryan and Amy Green raising their son Joel who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. — P.S.

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