VINE is an automated computer program offered to crime victims. The purpose of the VINE program is to provide victims of crime continuous access concerning an inmate's custody status. By calling the VINE number or registering on line, a victim can determine the custody status of the offender and register to be notified of the release or transfer of the specific inmate. VINE is a statewide program which provides access to information and notification of inmate releases and transfers. The VINE is separated by individual counties and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR). If an inmate is housed in the Los Angeles County jail system and is transferred to CDCR, the victim will receive a notification that the inmate was transferred to CDCR. The victim must re-register with the VINE indicating the inmate is in a CDCR facility.
How does a victim register to be notified?
Victims may register themselves for notification using a touch-tone telephone. After dialing the VINE number, follow the instructions given by the system. You will be asked to give a telephone number and a four-digit PIN number. If you do not have a telephone you may use the telephone number of a relative of friend. Do not use a telephone number that reaches a switchboard. Victims may also register via the internet to receive telephone or e-mail notifications.
How will VINE notify a victim?
The VINE system monitors inmate movement, transfers, and releases. When an inmate is transferred or released, VINE will automatically react to contact the properly registered victims. Do not be startled if you receive a call from VINE in the middle of the night. VINE will begin calling as soon as new information regarding an inmate is received.
Call 1-877-411-5588 (TTY 1-866-847-1298) Follow the directions to enter the inmate's name or booking number using the keypad on your telephone. Or register on line at: https://www.vinelink.com/
- You will receive immediate information regarding the inmate's status.
- To register by telephone for notification select option 1 after the inmate's status is provided. You will be asked to provide a telephone number and a 4-digit PIN code that will become your ID for stopping future calls.
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