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
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
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
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.
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
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.