The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) now has a Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) mobile app that provides information and notification of an offender’s status to victims of crimes committed by inmates in the department’s custody or under its supervision.
The information accessible through VINE allows victims to stay informed 24-7, 365 days a year. The VINE mobile app is available in the Google Play Store and iTunes in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Those who don’t have a mobile device or who prefer to speak to an operator can call 1-877-846-3435 toll free.
Through VINE, victims can register to receive automated notifications when a particular inmate is released, transferred, escapes, is placed in a work release facility, transfers to another jurisdiction, returns to the department’s custody, or dies while in custody. The VINE Service is anonymous and confidential.
The FDOC reports 216,770 current VINE registrants statewide. In 2013, VINE made 4,510,016 phone calls and sent 273,562 emails to victims on status changes involving offenders.
Anyone with questions about VINE or other available resources can contact the Department’s Victim Services office at (850) 488-9166 or toll free at 1-877-8-VICTIM or the Office of Citizen Services at (850) 488-7052 or toll free at 1-888-558-6488.