VineLink - Victim Information and Notification Everyday
VINE Service Number: (888) 846-3469 TTY: (866) 847-1298
Crime victims, survivors, and those who serve them are joining together to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to honor the individuals and the ideals that inspired the victims’ rights movement, April 21 to 27, 2013. This year’s theme “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness, Dignity & Respect.” — reflects the decades-long struggle to secure victims’ rights in communities across the nation.
Central among them are the right to access services that can help them rebuild their lives, and the right to be notified if an offender is released from jail or prison. The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline is a free, confidential service available in the State of New York to help support and uphold these rights. The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline gives victims and other concerned citizens around-the-clock access to the custody status of offenders in jail and provides automated telephone or e-mail notification.
This Victim Information and Notification Service (VINE) was created in 1994 following the murder of Mary Byron in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her parents had asked to be notified when Mary’s ex-boyfriend was released from jail. They were never told that he was released, and this man murdered Mary on her 21st birthday.
Today, the New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline delivers an average of 90,198 phone calls and 7,024 e-mail notifications to registered victims each year in the State of New York. To register or for more information, go to www.vinelink.com or call (1-888-VINE-4-NY).
The New York Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline promotes fairness, dignity, and respect for crime victims by providing a critical service that enhances their personal safety and helps them make informed choices about their alleged or convicted offenders, and their lives.
Victims have their basic human rights of fairness, dignity, and respect stripped away during a crime, and for some of them, the judicial process may further strip away those rights. VINE helps to restore those rights by keeping victims informed and involved in their cases.
Over the last three decades, a grassroots movement to combat unfair treatment of crime victims in the judicial system has resulted in a great deal of progress. Currently, every state has a victims’ bill of rights and a victim compensation program, 32 states have victims’ rights constitutional amendments, and more than 10,000 victim assistance programs operate in communities across the nation.
There is still a great deal of work ahead to fully secure crime victims’ rights. As Law Enforcement, we must continue to fight for these core victims’ rights at every turn.
For information about the Victim Hotline official program in Schenectady County contact Officer David Leffingwell at (518)388-4596 ext. 5147.
Office of the Sheriff
320 Veeder Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: (518) 388-4596 x.5147
David A. Leffingwell
Community Resource Officer
VINE Service Number:
TTY: (866) 847-1298