Crime victims have the right to be informed. Through VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday), the largest and most comprehensive automated victim notification system in the country, victims can get information and notifications regarding their offenders free and anonymously.
VINE links county sheriffs and statewide correctional facilities to make the status of offenders available 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year. Anyone may call the VINE hotline at 1-800-770-0192 (toll-free) to access offender custody information, which is made available in English and Spanish. Victims may also register on the VINE website where you can search and register to be notified by phone, E-mail, or TTY (Teletypewriter). Once an offender’s status changes, either by release, transfer, or escape a registered victim is notified.
The Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion County is a participant of the VINE program and incarcerated offenders are listed in the VINE database.
How VINE Works
- VINE communicates with jail and prison booking systems in near real-time, transmitting updated information to VINE.
- Crime victims and the general public can access the information by calling a local toll-free number, or logging onto www.vinelink.com, any time of the day or night.
- Victims can inquire whether an offender is held in a jail as well as the facility’s location.
- Users can register to be notified immediately of a change in the offender’s status, such as release, transfer, or escape.
- When a notification is triggered, VINE automatically sends an E-mail or calls the number or numbers the victim has provided.
- Calls continue for a designated period of time, or until the victim enters a four-digit PIN.
- Victim advocates and law enforcement agencies have access to VINEWatch, an administrative portal that provides usage statistics and other essential management tools.