New automated service notifies registered crime victims when offenders are released from jail
This week, Sheriff David Beth activated the WI-VINE service, an automated service that notifies registered crime victims when offenders are released from jail. It also provides around-the-clock access to offender information either by telephone or use of the internet. The WI-VINE system can be used by anyone impacted by crime, who is interested in knowing the location and custody status of criminal defendants and offenders housed in the Kenosha County Jail.
“Protecting the citizens of Kenosha County is always our highest priority,” said Sheriff Beth. “The WI-VINE service provides an added level of protection. It gives everyone access to timely and accurate information on offenders in our county and other counties throughout the state that currently offer the WI-VINE service.”
Individuals throughout the county who are interested in inquiring about an offender or receiving automated notification of an offender’s change in status can call 1-888-944-9463 or log on to www.vinelink.com and search by an offender’s name or booking number to obtain custody information. Those choosing to register for automated notification will be able to register multiple phones and/or e-mail addresses where they will be automatically notified when the offender is released, transferred or whose status changes. In addition, live operator assistance is available 24 hours a day through the toll-free number for callers who have questions or need help.
“The WI-VINE service has been in operation throughout the United States for more than 16 years and the service is certainly designed to be user-friendly,” Beth said. “What makes it special is that you can receive an automated alert anytime of the day or night.”
The activation of the WI-VINE service was funded by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2005, the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN) grant program administered by the BJA has nearly doubled the number of states providing automated victim notification.