Attorney General Pruitt Stresses Safety for Crime Victims with Prisoner Release Notification
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Victim Services Unit Monday reminded crime victims in Oklahoma to register with the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program to receive inmate alerts.
The reminder comes after concerns related to media reports of possible inmate releases due to a recent court decision on the state’s sex offender registry.
“Victims of crime can be impacted by hearing stories of even possible release of offenders, and they need instant access to information to determine their location,” Pruitt said. “Victims of crime don’t deserve to be victimized twice.”
The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program is a free and anonymous service that allows Oklahomans to register and be notified about changes in the status of Oklahoma inmates. The service notifies participants with inmates’ current status information such as general release date, escape, returns from escape, death, out to court and unsupervised custody. VINE offers multiple ways to receive notifications.
The newest way to receive VINE notifications is through the Attorney General’s VINEmobile app, which allows victims of crime and the public to use smart phones or tablets to receive alerts.
The AG’s VINE notification program provides free instant access to information 24 hours a day year-round. VINE transfers data every 15 minutes from county jails. Data from the state Department of Corrections and probation and parole is processed each evening.
To sign up for the VINE program, Oklahomans can log onto www.vinelink.com or call (877) OK4-VINE.