We're watching season four of CSI: Miami* on video, and once again Horatio has been surprised by someone he thought he'd sent away to jail for good, only to learn said Bad Guy was released. Released!
As Horatio pivots madly and gazes into the middle distance, I wonder why, in a lab that has a kablillion specialized crime-fighting machines including one called The Sniffer which detects lingering aromas and analyzes them, nobody has thought to tell Horatio that automatic notification programs exist. Because they do. They really, really do.
SAVAN (Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) helps victims of crime get custody status and court information about offenders. It is a free 24-hour per day service that is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, SAVAN automatically notifies registered victims of important events, such as release of an inmate or scheduled court events.
North Carolina SAVAN