Victims of crime may find some comfort in knowing that the offender is behind bars. What happens when the offender is released, escapes, or is transferred? Many people mistakenly believe that a law enforcement officer or prosecutor will notify them if when, the offender is scheduled to be released. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The good news is there is a tool available to help anyone who wants to be notified about the status change of an offender, and it’s confidential, free, and available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
VINE (Victim information and Notification Everyday) is a national victim notification network which allows interested parties to sign up for alerts anytime a inmate’s status changes. It also provides information of where e inmate is currently being held. Victims can sign up to receive alerts by telephone or email. In Washington State, the program is called SAVIN (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification). To sign up for alerts all you need is the offender’s name, and the phone number or email where you would like to receive the alert. If you choose to be notified of inmate status changes by telephone you will be asked to create a four digit PIN which you will use to acknowledge receipt of telephone notifications. Don’t lose your PIN. If you do you will get an alert whenever the offender’s status changes every hour for 24 hours, and you won’t be able to turn the notifications off without it. If you choose to receive an email alert you will only be notified one time per change. You can sign up for notifications by calling (877) 846-3492, or online at www.vinelink.com. Smartphone users can also download the VINEmobile app available for both Android and iPhone, where you can access offender info, and sign up for alerts. If you would like assistance signing up for alerts or utilizing these tools you may call our crisis line anytime at 1-800-346-7555.