This is a new statewide automated system providing timely and reliable information about the custody status of an offender housed in Kansas County Jails and currently being implemented in select county jails. Kansas VINE is provided through a collaborative effort between Appriss, Inc., the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), The Office of the Attorney General, and the Kansas Sheriffs’ Association (KSA).
KS VINE provides registered users with free automated telephone, short messaging services (SMS/text), and e-mail notifications of any change in an incarcerated offender’s custody status including release, transfer or escape. Crime victims, law enforcement officers and other registrants rely on timely notifications for safety planning, efficient criminal justice planning and other important uses.
Benefits of VINE:
- Around-the-clock support—a staff of live operators to assist victims and technicians who monitor all VINE systems
- Automates notifications to victims, allowing staff to focus on their core responsibilities
- Provides an important tool for victims to use in their safety planning
- Helps satisfy most states’ legislative requirement for victim notification
How VINE works:
- VINE communicates with correctional facility booking systems in near real-time, transmitting updated information to the Appriss Data Network
- Crime victims and the general public can access the information by calling a local toll-free number or by visiting www.vinelink.com any time of the day or night
- Victims can confirm whether or not an offender is incarcerated as well as the location of the facility
- Users can register to be notified immediately of a change in the status of an offender, such as release, transfer, or escape
- When a notification is triggered, VINE automatically e-mails and/or calls the victim
- Calls continue for a designated period of time or until the victim enters a four-digit PIN