V.I.N.E. (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
Have you or someone you know been a victim of a crime?
In December 1997 Sheriff John E. Zaruba announced that Illinois' first automated victim notification system was operational at the DuPage County Jail. In January 2002 that system was interfaced with a statewide V.I.N.E. network giving crime victims access to the custody status of inmates incarcerated in any county, or Illinois Department of Corrections facility.
V.I.N.E. is designed to bridge the gap between crime victims and the criminal justice system. The service uses advanced technology to electronically link the state's booking system to V.I.N.E.'s national call center.
V.I.N.E. Protective Order
In March 2006 Sheriff John E. Zaruba became the first in Illinois to offer a county-wide notification service to victims of domestic violence who are granted Orders of Protection against their abuser.
V.I.N.E. 's Protective Order notification service allows victims to call a toll free telephone number 24 hours a day to register to find out whether a protective order has been served, when court hearings are scheduled, when amendments are filed, and when the order is about to expire.
How it works
Once you are registered with V.I.N.E., or V.I.N.E. Protective Order, the system will automatically keep you updated on the status of your order, or the custody status of an inmate, by calling your registered telephone number.
Notification calls continue every half hour for 24 hours or until you are successfully notified.
A successful notification occurs when the registered person enters their four digit PIN number on the telephone. The system will leave a message on an answering machine, but calls will continue until the PIN is entered.
To use V.I.N.E. simply call the toll free hotline and follow the automated prompts.