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( Automated Victim Notification System )

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a crime?

24-hour toll-free hotline:


History of VINE

The National Vine Call Center was created first for the Jefferson County, KY, Corrections Department in response to the murder of a young woman at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. 21 year-old Mary Byron was gunned down by Donovan Harris after he was released from jail without her knowledge. Harris had been arrested two weeks earlier for kidnapping Byron and raping her at gunpoint.

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What is VINE?

VINE is a free, 24-hour, automated telephone service that will allow you to:

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How Do I Use VINE?

You can locate an inmate using either the name or CIMIS ( Correctional Institution Management Information System ) number of the inmate.

A series of computer prompts will assist you in locating the inmate.

VINE will give you inmate custody information and the option of registering for automatic telephone notification if the inmate is released or transferred.

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How do I register with VINE?

After locating the inmate, choose the option number for registration.

You need to provide:

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What is a PIN Code?

Important VINE facts:

For further information on VINE, call the Will County Sheriff's Office at 815.740.5560.

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Orders of Protection

An Order of Protection is a court order available to "family or household members" prohibiting the abuser from certain activities or ordering the abuser to take certain actions.

An Order of Protection may include, but is not limited to:
To obtain an Order of Protection, you may do any of the following:

If an Order of Protection is violated, the abuser has committed a Class A Misdemeanor and should be arrested. A second or subsequent offense is a Class 4 Felony. You may seek an Order of Protection on behalf of someone who cannot because of age, health, or disability.

More Information on Orders of Protection

To Obtain an Emergency Order of Protection

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Victim Assistance Services

The following agencies provide a variety of victim services:

Will County State's Attorney's Office

121 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, IL 60432
Victim / Witness Advocate


1550 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Family Counseling Agency of Will County

2317 West Jefferson, Suite 126
Joliet, IL 60435

Will County Legal Assistance

5 East Van Buren, Suite 310
Joliet, IL 60432

Illinois Department of Corrections

Victim Assistance Services
1301 Concordia Court, P.O. Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277
217.522.2666, ext. 4006

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault



National Organization for Victim Assistance

National Victim Center


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