GIRARD — The Crawford County Jail is rolling out a new system to quickly and accurately provide information on the custody status of offenders to victims and victim advocates.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday is a program, developed by Appriss, that provides victims of crime with access to timely and reliable offender custody information. The VINE service is free to the public and is now available to look up incarcerated individuals in the Crawford County Jail.
“This tool can provide a multitude of updates to victims and victim advocates on offenders, from if an offender is transferred to another facility or released from custody, to when they’ve been sentenced or are going to prison,” Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak said. “I think it is an important tool for victims and advocates and can provide them peace of mind.”
VINE is a nationwide system, and is being implemented at jails and adult detention centers across the state. The service is funded in part by the Kansas Department of Labor, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and the Kansas Sheriff’s Association.
“This services costs nothing to us or the public,” Peak said. “Largely because of the support of these groups.”
The VINE service lets victims call a toll-free number (866-574-8463), visit www.vinelink.com, or use the VINEmobile smartphone app to anonymously check on an offender’s custody status. Victims can register to receive automated notifications via phone, email or text. A hearing impaired service is also available.
Victims can register by calling the toll-free number or visiting www.vinelink.com.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.