VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday):
VINE is a free 24-hour automated telephone service that was created to give victims easier access to inmate custody, court information, and release notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
VINE, Victim Information and Notification Everyday, is an invaluable tool for victims of crime to gain easy access to important custody and court information. VINE operates as an automated telephone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
VINE will provide you with vital court case and custody status information for an offender currently involved in the criminal justice system in Maryland. If you choose, you may register to receive telephone notification for certain court case and custody status events. The Maryland VINE service is available in both English and Spanish.
How Do I Use VINE?
- Call 1-866-634-8463 (touch-tone phone only).
- Provide the inmate number (MCPID number), name, or the case tracking number.
Who Should Use VINE?
- Anyone who has been a victim or witness to a crime in Montgomery County;
- Family members and friends of victims of crime;
- Victim advocates and victim service providers;
- Witnesses who wish to be notified of upcoming court dates;
- Anyone concerned about the custody status of an inmate.
Victims may call the VINE line in order to:
- Check custody status of an inmate in the Montgomery County Detention Center;
- Receive the next court date for the inmate's case;
Register to receive an immediate telephone alert or notification letter, should the
inmate have a change in custody status;
Register to receive a telephone alert or notification letter for an upcoming court
What do I need to do?
- Call the Maryland VINE line toll free at 1.866.MD4VINE (1.866.634.8463) from a touch tone telephone and follow the prompts.
- If your offender is currently involved in an active court case or in custody at a correctional facility, you may enter a telephone number where you would like to be notified should his or her status change. You may register up to two different telephone numbers with VINE. VINE appears on "caller i.d." as unknown, therefore if you have been unknown calls blocked, VINE will be unable to notify you.
- You will need to select a four-digit Personal Identification Number, or PIN, that will be used to confirm any telephone notification received from VINE. It is important that you select a number that is easy for you to remember.
- When you receive a notification from VINE, listen to the complete message and then enter your PIN. Entering your PIN lets VINE know that you successfully received the notification and stops the system from calling you further for notification of that particular event.
Crime Victim Notification Request & Demand for Rights Form:
This form is only sent to victims of serious crimes. This form is also part of the notification process. If you fill this form out and return it to us, then you will be notified of any and all events related to your case.
This form is an extra measure to insure that you are notified. Instructions are on the back of this form and should be read carefully. If you do not want to be notified then you simply discard the form.
If you are not the victim of the crime, or have not submitted the Maryland Crime Victim Notification Request Form, you may follow the instructions below to receive telephone notification for both court case and custody status events.