Victim Notification

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The Texas Constitution (Article I, Section 30) provides victims of violent crime with the right, upon their request, to receive notice about court proceedings and the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused. Local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have contacts within their offices to provide this information.

Recognizing how important this information is for victims, the Texas Legislature directed the OAG to work with Texas counties and the private sector to implement an automated system to provide offender and court status around the clock. The OAG provides assistance in establishing contracts between county/state entities and the central database company. The system operates by networking status information from participating county and state contractors into a central database operated by a private vendor.

Texas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is the name of the automated system. It provides crime victims with offender status and court information via a toll-free number and website. While Texas VINE is a valuable informational tool, it isnít a guarantee of safety. Please maintain contact with your local law enforcement and prosecutorís offices.

Preparing to make your first call

Fill out the information card available on the printable version of this brochure.

Locating information on jail status and court dates

Registering for notification

Texas VINE allows you to register for automatic notification of court events and changes in county jail status. You may need to register separately for each type of notification.

When you register, you will be asked to provide two things:

  1. Phone numbers where you wish to be notified. Register as many numbers as you like, including your home and work phone. Do not register a phone that rings to a receptionist or a switch board.
  2. Four-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number). Use the PIN you already have chosen. You may use the same PIN with each phone number you register.

Receiving a notification call

Texas Vine will automatically notify registered persons of suspect/offender status and court event changes. To confirm that you have received the notification, enter your four-digit PIN. Texas VINE will keep calling for 24 hours until this PIN is entered.

Texas VINE automatically notifies registered users in English or Spanish whenever one of the following situations occurs: