FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 30, 2013
New Mobile App Provides State and County Offender
Custody Information to Iowa Crime Victims and Public
VINEMobile provides offender location and custody status alerts
(DES MOINES, Iowa) Iowa crime victims can now receive alerts and check on the real-time status of offenders through a new free mobile app.
VINEMobile enables victims of crime and the public to use smartphones or tablets to anonymously monitor the location and custody status of offenders in Iowa correctional facilities and participating county jails. Users can also register for around the clock phone, email, text message, or TTY device notifications when an offender's custody status changes. Those changes include an offender's apprehension, transfer, release, escape, or death. VINEMobile is a mobile app version of IowaVINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), an automated victim notification service.
“We’re very pleased to make this app available on smartphones and tablets, so victims of crime won’t have to rely on being in front of a computer screen or calling in to register for important notifications about criminals,” Attorney General Tom Miller said.
“This new mobile app is hands-on and immediate,” Janelle Melohn, Division Director of the Crime Victim Assistance Division, said. “Victims, advocates, law enforcement, and the public can use the app to quickly and easily register for instant offender movement notifications. It’s another piece of a community’s safety plan.”
Downloading the VINEMobile App
The app, developed by Appriss Inc., is available for both Android and Apple devices. For Android devices, users can search in Google Play using the search term “VINEMobile.” For Apple devices, users can search in the Apple App Store using the search term “VINEMobile” under “iPhone Apps” (the VINEMobile app currently appears in the Apple App Store only as an iPhone app, but will run on an iPad).
IowaVINE has provided information and notifications about Iowa Department of Corrections inmates since 2008, and has since integrated offender information from 98 county jails across the state. In addition to accessing the IowaVINE system through the VINEMobile app, crime victims or the public can call or access the system through the IowaVINE website 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.VINElink.com or 1-888-7-IAVINE. More information is available at www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov, under “Helping Victims of Crime.”
About the Crime Victim Assistance Division
The Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) of the Office of the Attorney General advocates for the rights and needs of crime victims and ensure that all crime victims and survivors will be treated with respect and dignity. The division offers compensation to victims, notification through IowaVINE and IPONDA (Iowa Protective Order Notification for Domestic Abuse), and funding options for victim service and criminal justice programs through their Victim Services Support program.