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OVA vs. Savin       

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF CRIME:

If you are the direct victim of a crime and the inmate is serving his/her sentence in a state prison, you have the right to be registered with both SAVIN and the Office of Victim Advocate (OVA). Registration for automated notifications should only be one part of a comprehensive safety plan for victims of crime. As a victim of crime, you have rights under the law to receive notifications informing you when an inmate is being considered for release, and the option to provide input into that release.
 
​Event Type ​DOC or PBPP? ​Notified by OVA ​Notified by SAVIN Notified by Both ​
State Intermediate Punishment Consideration (SIP)  ​DOC ​Yes ​No ​No
Transfer to Quehanna Boot Camp (QBC) ​DOC ​Yes ​Yes ​Yes
Prison Escape/Recapture   ​DOC ​Yes ​Yes ​Yes
Inmate Death 
​DOC ​Yes ​Yes ​Yes
Furlough review   ​DOC ​Yes ​No ​No
Furlough release   ​DOC ​Yes ​Yes ​Yes
Transfer to Mental Health Facility  ​DOC ​Yes ​No. Responsibility for notifications transfers to DPW. ​No
​Transfer to other authorities (county, other state)   ​DOC ​Yes, except for county transfers due to a write (court hearing) ​Yes, with limited detail ​Yes
Transfer to another State Correctional Institution (SCI) ​DOC ​No ​Yes ​No
Release to CCC  ​PBPP ​Yes ​Yes ​Yes
Automatic Parole upon Completion of QBC 
​PBPP ​Yes ​Yes ​Yes
Parole Review when offenders are eligible  ​PBPP ​Yes ​No ​No
PBPP Decision to approve/refuse parole  ​PBPP ​Yes ​No ​No
Parole Revoked or Rescinded  PBPP  ​PBPP ​Yes ​No ​No
Parolee Death   ​PBPP ​Yes ​No ​No
Board of Pardons Consideration  ​PBPP ​Yes ​No ​No

If you are a victim of crime, these registration options are available:

1. OVA and PA SAVIN: You will receive notice about your right to provide a statement when an offender is being considered for release as well as notifications when the offender is transferred, released and other custody changes.
 
2. PA SAVIN ONLY: You will receive notices when the offender is transferred or released only.
 
3. OVA ONLY: You will receive notices about your right to provide a statement when the offender is being considered for release and notice about the outcome of release decisions made by the PA Department of Correction and PA Board of Probation and Parole. You will not receive notice of any inmate transfer/custody status change.
 
To register for PA SAVIN go to VINE.