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New mobile app gives inmate info

Crime victims can now access up-to-date information about their offenders on their smartphones.

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) has long provided online information about custody status changes such as the release, escape, transfer, etc. of an inmate. Now it has a new mobile application.

People also receive notifications via phone, email, text message or TTY.

The application also offers in-app calling, providing access to victim services, resources and emergency phone numbers.

“It’s very user-friendly,” said Jennifer Strock, victim witness coordinator with the Lee County state’s attorney office.

The application is free and available for download for iPhones from the App Store or for androids on Google Play.

Users also can choose to include or omit photographs of the offenders – an option that can offer an extra level of comfort to those who don’t want to see pictures of the perpetrators, Strock said.

With the exception of federal cases, VINE information from jails is updated every 15 minutes, from the Department of Corrections every 2 hours, and from court records daily.

VINE provides information on offenders in custody in 46 different states, and in all but one Illinois county including Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Bureau and Carroll.

Go to www.vinelink.com or call 866-566-8439 for more information.

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