VINE is a solution that lets victims of crime and other concerned citizens access timely and reliable information regarding offenders. It is offered free of charge to registrants, is completely confidential, and features multiple language support.
Offering peace of mind, the VINE service lets victims call a toll-free number, visit www.vinelink.com, or use the VINELink™ mobile app to anonymously check on an offender’s custody status.
Victims can also register to receive automated notifications about changes in that status via their choice of format: phone, email, or text. TTY (hearing impaired) service is also available.
VINE provides offender custody status information to over 25 million U.S. civilians annually.
Over 2,900 State and County government agencies share up-to-date incarceration and criminal justice data with the VINE system.
VINE users conduct more than 201 million offender and case searches annually.
The VINE system delivers over 33 million notifications to victims and concerned citizens annually.
Victims and other concerned citizens can look up offenders and register for offender custody status notifications by phone, email, text message or TTY device.
VINELink.com is the online portal for VINE. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.
The VINELink™ Mobile App is the on-the-go version of VINE that lets you access vital information right from your mobile device. The VINELink Mobile App is available for iOS and Android devices and is completely free for users.
Toll-free phone support from the Appriss CustomerFirst Center is available 24/7/365 for callers who need help locating an offender, registering for notifications, or accessing victim services in their area. Over 200 languages are available via live operator support.
Call 1 866 277 7477 (option 2)
In addition to offender custody status information, VINE also offers protective order notifications, and court notifications and reminders in some states.
VINELink.com is the online portal for VINE. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information
VINE Protective Order helps keep victims of crime informed by automatically notifying them when protective orders have been served against a respondent.
VINE Courts is a powerful tool that can remind court staff, personnel and law enforcement officers of upcoming court appearances reducing the amount of ‘no-shows.’
what people are saying: victims
“VINE allowed me to track where my ex-husband was. I found out when he went from one prison to another and was called within 15 minutes of his release. I felt safer because I knew. It’s real important that victims know where their perpetrators are and VINE is here to help them do that.”
– Sexual Assault Survivor
Murder victim not told suspect was out on bail
Mary Byron had been raped, assaulted, and stalked by her former boyfriend in late 1993. He was arrested and jailed for these crimes, but someone posted his bail and he was released. There was no way for Mary to know.
On the evening of December 6, 1993, Mary sat in her car as it warmed up after leaving her job at the local mall in Louisville, KY. Her former boyfriend approached from the driver’s side and fired seven bullets into her head and chest at point blank range, killing her. It was Mary’s 21st birthday.
The community was stunned and outraged. County officials and engineers worked diligently to design a system that would let crime victims know whether their offenders are in jail, where they are held, and when they are released.
Exactly one year after Mary’s murder, Jefferson County, Kentucky became the first community to institute automated telephone notification for crime victims and other concerned citizens. That system is VINE™ – Victim Information and Notification Everyday, now used in thousands of communities across the nation.
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