Crime Victim Assistance Division
Victim Information and Notification Everyday
the state, crime victims and other concerned parties use IowaVINE for access to
timely and reliable information about the custody status of an offender.* Information
is available from victim service trained operators 24-hours a day by
telephone. Victims can receive automated notification 24/7/365 by telephone,
the internet, or email. IowaVINE is a free and anonymous telephone service
that provides victims of crime two important features: information and
DO NOT depend solely on IowaVINE for protection from the offender. If you feel
you may be at risk, contact your local law enforcement agency or your local
victim service program for immediate support.
Code §915.16, provides that a county sheriff or other person in charge of
the local jail or detention facility shall notify a registered victim of the
offender’s release from custody on bail and the terms or conditions of the
offender’s final release from local custody.
offender’s escape from custody.
offender’s transfer from local custody to custody in another locality.
to register with IowaVINE for information
and notification regarding an offender.
What is IowaVINE?
is a crime victim information and notification system that tracks
criminals who have been arrested by law enforcement or convicted by the
is a free, 24-hour, confidential, computer-based service that provides
crime victim information and notification via telephone and/or computer
and/or text message.
is anonymous. The offender will not know you are registered with
was created to provide information, notification, and peace of mind for
is also available to anyone who seeks public information about the custody
and location of an offender.
is funded by the Statewide Automated Victim Information (SAVIN) grant program
operated by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, and by the Compensation
Fund, a fund comprised entirely of fines and penalties paid by convicted
What Does IowaVINE Do?
uses computer and telephone technology to automatically notify crime
victims and interested parties about changes in an offender’s custody
provides information about an offender’s apprehension, transfer, release,
escape, or death.
How Does IowaVINE Provide Notification?
can register your telephone number and/or email address with IowaVINE. To
register your phone number, call the IowaVINE toll-free line at 1-888-7-IAVINE,
or go to www.vinelink.com.
If you wish to register your email address, you must go to www.vinelink.com.
may register to receive notification on multiple phone numbers, including
a cell phone.
will choose a personal identification number (PIN) for telephone
notification. When IowaVINE calls the phone number(s) that you provide,
you must enter your PIN to confirm that you have received the
will continue calling you until you enter your PIN, or until 48 hours have
passed. Please have your PIN available so you can stop the notification
an answering machine answers, IowaVINE will leave a message and continue
calling you until you enter your PIN or until 48 hours have passed.
How Else Can I Get Information From IowaVINE?
can call IowaVINE at 1-888-7-IAVINE (1-888-742-8463) and receive
information through an automated information system or you can call that
number then press zero to speak with a trained IowaVINE operator.
can go to www.vinelink.com
to get offender custody status and location information online.
Update Registration Information vs. Re-Registration
your phone number or email address changes, you will want to update
your registration information. You can update your
registration information by visiting www.vinelink.com.
Click on “Update Registration.” Do NOT re-register with your new
you change phone numbers, please delete your former phone number from
offender in a county jail will receive a new identification number if
transferred to an Iowa Department of Corrections prison or another county
jail. You must reregister with IowaVINE once the offender is moved
to a different or new facility. The IowaVINE system will guide you
through the re-registration process.
here to see a Statewide
Status Map of Iowa. The IowaVINE operational status of each county jail is
displayed on the map.
Click here to display and print an IowaVINE Fact Sheet.
to display a quick reference guide on how to register for IowaVINE.
To obtain additional information, call the toll-free number or email our Victim Rights Coordinator and Program Manager Jennifer Stimson.
Iowa Attorney General’s Office
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
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