Crime victims can hear it through the jail-VINE 

click to enlarge The California State Victim Information and Notification Everyday, or VINE, will send a message via email or phone notifying the victims of crimes about the custody status of offenders. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • The California State Victim Information and Notification Everyday, or VINE, will send a message via email or phone notifying the victims of crimes about the custody status of offenders.

The victims of crimes in San Francisco can now receive email notifications about offenders' custody status in California jails and prisons as part of a newly available service.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the rollout of the California State Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or VINE, in San Francisco.

The free and anonymous service allows victims to be notified by phone or email soon after an offender is released from custody or being transferred to another facility, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Victims will reportedly be notified no later than 30 minutes when an offender is released from custody. They will learn within eight hours if the offender has been transferred from San Francisco to another jurisdiction.

In a statement, Mirkarimi said the service will provide "a greater sense of safety and security during times of uncertainty and concern."

To register, victims can visit www.sfsheriff.com or www.vinelink.com.

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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

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