The Ohio VINElink system is an information and notification resource that provides users the ability to search for information about an offender’s custody status and register to automatically receive notification (via phone or email) when a change in status occurs. Call 1-800-770-0192 or visit

The VINE service is provided to the citizens of Ohio by the office of the Attorney General, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and Ohio Department of Youth Services.  Also on this site are links to other resources for victims of crimes. VINELink includes data from County jails, Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections and the Department of Youth Services. County information is updated ever 15 minutes while the rest is updated once per day. Once registered you will receive status change notifications for transfers, release, escape and death.

In 1998, Ohio implemented one of the nation’s first automated victim notification systems.  In addition to this online tool, Ohio also offers a free and anonymous telephone service that provides victims of crime with two important features:  information and notification.  Information is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Live operators are available to assist callers.  This toll-free number is 1-800-770-0192.

Please note: Information on juvenile inmates in the Department of Youth Services is not available in VINELink.  For juvenile information, please contact the Office of Victim Services with the Department of Youth Services at 1-800-872-3132.

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