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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, but each registration must be done separately and requires a PIN.
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.
Crime Victim Assistance Crawford Co (989) 348-2841
Crawford Co Prosecutor - Crawford Co Victim Advocate
- Legal Rights
- Financial Aid
- Emergency Services
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
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:
- To be told about emergency and medical services, if applicable.
- To be informed of the crime victim's compensation benefits, if applicable. To apply for benefits, contact the Victim's Compensation Board in Lansing at (517) 373-7373.
- To be treated with dignity and respect.
- To be informed not later than 24 hours after arraignment of the status of the defendant's pretrial release.
- To be notified of any change in the defendant's status while in jail or prison.
- To be protected from intimidation or harm.
- To be allowed to present a victim's impact statement at the time of the sentencing.
- To have evidence photographed and returned promptly whenever possible.
- To be protected from employer discipline for required court appearances.
- To due process in criminal court proceedings.
- The right to request restitution.
- To consult with prosecutor about the disposition of the case, including plea bargaining.
Crawford Co Prosecutor (989) 348-2841
Victims Compensation Board (517) 373-7373
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