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
- 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
- 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
- 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