Victim Information and Notification Everyday

The National Victim Notification Network 

Across the country, crime victims and other concerned citizens use VINE to access reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day, over the telephone, through internet or by e-mail.  

How VINE Works

  1. VINE communicates with jail and prison booking systems in near real-time, transmitting updated information to the Appriss Data Network.
  2. Crime victims and the general public can access the information by calling a local toll-free number, or logging onto www.vinelink.com, any time of the day or night.
  3. Victims can inquire whether an offender is held in jail as well as the facility’s location.
  4. Users can register to be notified immediately of a change in the offender’s status, such as release, transfer, or escape.
  5. When a notification is triggered, VINE automatically calls the number or numbers the victim has provided.
  6. Calls continue for a designated period of time, or until the victim enters a four-digit PIN.  

Benefits of VINE

  1. Around the clock support
  2. Saves taxpayers money by eliminating the need to manually notify victims
  3. Provides life saving services to victims at no cost
  4. Helps satisfy most states’ legislative requirement for victim notification
  5. Victims can interface with VINE in multiple languages
  6. VINE generates about 500,000 notification calls per month 

What do you need to do?

  1. Call SAVIN (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification) at 1-800-467-4943 from a touch tone phone and follow directions.
  2. If the offender is in jail you can leave your phone number to be called when they are released. Enter the phone number where you want to be reached, including area code, followed by the pound (#) key.
  3. When SAVIN asks, make up and enter a four digit personal identification number (PIN) code that will be easy for you to remember.  Write the personal identification number down and place it in a safe place.  SAVIN will ask for this PIN code when it calls you.
  4. When SAVIN calls, listen to the message, enter your PIN, followed by the # sign, when asked.  Entering the PIN lets SAVIN know that you got the call and stops the service from calling you.