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Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network


Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE)

What is the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network ?

VINE is a free, anonymous, automated computer based service that offers two important services to victims of crime, information and notification for crime victims in the County of Crawford. The purpose of the VINE program is to provide victims of crime continuous access to vital inmate information. By calling the VINE telephone number, a crime victim can determine the current custody status of the person(s) by whom he/she was victimized. Victims may also register with the VINE system to be automatically notified of the release or transfer of a specific inmate.

 The program is offered to assist victims of crime in the County of Crawford. The Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network is a service of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Crime Victim Services Commission, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Department of Attorney General, Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, The Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Michigan State Police, River House Shelter and the Crawford Co Sheriff’s Office.


For defendant or inmate custody status and court information, call 1-800-770-7657 and follow the prompts. Callers use basic information to search the network database. The network will provide the caller with offender status information, and will provide information on upcoming court events and hearings. 


Crime victims may choose to register for automated telephone notification when an offender has a change in status throughout the criminal justice process. In some cases, letters may be sent. The prosecuting attorney and the Michigan Department of Corrections will help crime victims register for notification.


How do I participate ?

To locate an offender in a county jail or state prison or to receive court information, ant person may call the network hotline directly from a touch tone phone. Once connected, follow the computer prompts given by the network. The Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network is available in English and Spanish. 

Crime victims may register with their prosecuting attorney or the Michigan Department of Corrections to receive network notification of change in court schedules or offender status. Crime victims or other individuals may register for notification of change in status of offenders housed in county jails.

What is a PIN ?

The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a four digit number that you choose. After you get a notification call from the network, enter your PIN using the touch tone numbers on your telephone. That lets the network system know that you have received the message. Choose a number that is easy for you to remember and write it down. 

 What if I am not at home or my phone is busy when I receive notification ?

The network is designed to allow every opportunity for you to be notified. If there is no answer or the line is busy, calls will continue for a minimum of 24 hours. The network will leave a message on an answering machine, but will continue to call for 24 hours or until the PIN is entered.

Can I register more than one telephone number with the network ?

Yes, but each registration must be done separately and requires a PIN.

Does the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network ensure my safety ?

This program is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to information and to assist you in preparing for an offenders release. Do not depend solely on the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network or any other program for your safety.

System design and operation is a product of the VINE Company. All costs are paid by assessments from convicted criminal defendants.


VINE provides immediate notification when the defendant is released. Do not be startled if you receive a late night call from VINE.

     Entering the correct PIN is the only way to stop notification calls. Do not lose your PIN.

     Do not use a telephone number  which reaches a switchboard.

     All victims must call VINE to register for notification, even after providing their name and address to the arresting officer.

     Registration Information

            Please record the following information before calling the network hotline


      Michigan Victim Assistance Services

Crime Victim Assistance Crawford Co (989) 348-2841

Crawford Co Prosecutor - Crawford Co Victim Advocate

for further information on compensation benefits which may be available to you, write:

Crime Victim's Compensation Board
P.O. Box 30026
Lansing, MI 48909

or Call

River House Shelter & Domestic Crisis Center (989) 348-8972

                                                                   or (888) 554-3169

Family Violence Hotline  1-800-996-6228

Mothers Against Drunk Driving 1-800-323-6233

Runaway Hotline 1-800-292-4517

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (517) 347-7000

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

Crime Victims Compensation Program (517) 373-7373

POMC National Hotline (Parents of Murdered Children) 1-800-818-POMC (7662)

Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-877-NO MEANS NO

Michigan Dept of Corrections Victim Notification Unit 1-877-886-5401


The Michigan Crime Victim's Bill if Rights

As a victim or witness of a crime, you have numerous constitutional rights guaranteed by Michigan Public Act No 87 of 1985 - "The Crime Victim's Rights Act."

You are entitled to certain rights, including:

Crawford Co Prosecutor (989) 348-2841

Victims Compensation Board (517) 373-7373


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