STATEWIDE VICTIM ASSISTANCE & NOTIFICATION
24 HOURS A DAY.
A Message from the Sheriffs of New York
Many victims live in fear that the criminal offender who victimized them may someday return to do so again. For these victims and their families and friends, it is important to know if that offender is incarcerated in a correctional facility - and to know if and when that offender is released from custody.
It has often been difficult for a victim to obtain timely and accurate information about an offender's custody status - information so important to the victim's peace of mind. That is why the Sheriffs across the State of New York are pleased to implement the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE. Now with just one toll-free phone call, a citizen can immediately learn the custody status of any offender housed in any of New York's county jails or other county correctional facilities.
In addition to providing custody status information to callers, the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE also has an automatic notification feature. Any victim may register with the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE to be automatically notified if an offender's custody status should change. This feature eliminates the need for a victim to constantly call the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE to verify the offender's status.
Does VINE Work?
"I wish I could articulate to you how afraid I was of John. I know that should he get out of prison, he will find me and kill me. I have no doubt in my mind. However, I feel I can put my safety in the hands of VINE and you won't let me down. Thank you for the secure feeling I've not had for six years. And that feeling is priceless."
Former wife of "DC Sniper" John Muhammad
"I feel safe because I was alerted to changes involving my offender. Had it not been for VINE, the results could have been terrible."
Offender mudered her parents
"[My offender] has been arrested in different jurisdictions. It was really hard to keep up until I found out about VINE and I did a search on your Web site. It's such a relief to know where he is. My case has been going around the court system for 18 months. It can give you a feeling of hopelessness and that no one cares. Your system changes that for me."
Stalking and domestic victim
For more information about the VINE program, click on the links below.
Helpful Web Sites
DO NOT DEPEND SOLELY ON THE SHERIFFS' VICTIM HOTLINE,
OR ANY OTHER SINGLE PROGRAM, FOR YOUR PROTECTION.
MAKE THE NEW YORK SHERIFFS' VICTIM HOTLINE PARTOF YOUR SAFETY PLAN.