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Crime victims and other concerned citizens can use the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) service for access to timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders across the nation, 24 hours a day over the telephone, through the Internet or by e-mail. Victims can inquire about the current status of an offender and register for notifications in the event of an offender's release, escape, transfer or court appearance.

Illinois Statewide VINE Service Number: (866) 566-8439
VINE website: www.vinelink.com

How VINE works

  • VINE communicates with jail and prison booking systems in near real-time, transmitting updated information to the Appriss Data Network™.
  • Crime victims and the general public can access the information by calling a local toll-free number or visiting www.vinelink.com any time of the day or night.
  • Victims can inquire whether an offender is held in 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 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.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  • U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed.
  • HSI administers the ICE - Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnessess to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. However, victims and witnessess are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release at the following address.   www.ice.gov/victim-notification

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