RENO — The Nevada Attorney General’s Office in collaboration with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is launching a media campaign this week promoting Nevada VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday), a nationwide service that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
VINE was created in 1994 following the murder of Mary Byron in Louisville, Ky. Prior to the murder, Mary and her parents asked to be notified when Mary’s ex-boyfriend was released from jail. They were never told that he was released, and he murdered Mary on her 21st birthday.
Today, the VINE program is available in 47 states.
Nevada VINE is a free, confidential service that gives victims and other concerned citizens 24/7 access to the custody status of offenders and provides automated telephone, email or text notification of key activities related to their cases.
“Nevada VINE restores peace of mind to survivors and gives crime victims a voice in the criminal justice system,” said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
The 30-second public service announcement will be distributed to radio and television stations throughout the state in an effort to raise awareness about this free public safety service.
“This is an important service for victims. They need to know if the offender is released or transferred,” Undersheriff Todd Vinger said. “Users can register as many phone numbers or email addresses as they like to ensure that they can be reached as quickly as possible.“
To check on the status of an offender or to register, victims can call toll-free at 888-268-8463 or visit www.washoesheriff.com.