Victim Notification (VINE)
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides Ohioans with information about offenders in custody.
What information does VINE provide?
Custody Status Information
Includes 24-hour access over the telephone or online to the status of offenders in the:
- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
- Department of Youth Services
- County Jails (offenders housed in city jail facilities are not included in the VINE database)
Custody Change Notification
Register for automated telephone or e-mail notification when an offender has a change in custody, including release, transfer, escape, re-arrest (return from escape) or death. Notification is available in English and Spanish.
Who Can register for VINE?
Anyone. Victims, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, probation and parole officers, advocates, neighbors, family members and the general public.
How do you register for VINE?
Call 800.770.0192 and follow the prompts or visit www.VINELink.com. Telephone translator services are available.
Can I register more than one phone number with VINE?
Yes, but each registration must be done separately and requires a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) to confirm call receipt. You may use the same PIN for several registrations.
What if I’m not home or my phone is busy when VINE calls?
VINE will leave a message on the answering machine and will continue to call for 24 hours or until the four-digit PIN is entered.
If you have caller ID, calls from VINE will appear as a 502 area code.
If you have a call-blocking or interception device, you must disable the clocking feature in order to receive notification calls from VINE.
Does VINE alone ensure my safety?
Do not solely depend on VINE or any other notification program for your safety.
The VINE program provides you with access to offender information and helps you prepare for an offender’s release. VINE is in addition to any notice offered by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Office of Victim Services, Department of Youth Services, Office of Victim Services, local prosecutors’ offices and other victim service providers.
Registering For Vine
•Call 800.770.0192 or
Have the following information handy:
•Inmate name or ID number
•Your contact phone number(s) for notification of inmate custody status changes. Do not leave a phone number that is answered by a switchboard.
Create a PIN
Choose and enter a four-digit PIN. Write your PIN down and keep it in a safe place. Remember your PIN for future reference because the Ohio VINE service will ask for the PIN when you are called.
VINE is funded by a federal Victims of Crime Act grant and is administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Ohio Department of Youth Services.