VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday

More information can be found on the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department website at

For Inmate Information call VINE Toll Free:
(1- 877- 846 - 3452)

What is VINE?

  • VINE is an acronym for Victim Information and Notification Everyday. 
  • VINE is a free, anonymous, computer-based telephone program that provides victims of crime two important services: information and notification.
  • Information
  • VINE will quickly tell the caller if the inmate is still in custody and provide the inmate’s custody location.
  • Victims may call VINE from any touchtone phone, any time, to check on an inmate's custody status.

For inmate custody information, call 1-877-VINE4-LA (1-877-846-3452) and follow the prompts.

How does VINE notify victims?
The notification feature of VINE works as follows:

  • Callers may register for an automated notification call when an inmate is released or transferred.
  • To register in the VINE system, you will enter your area code and phone number where you want to be reached. 
  • You will create Personal Identification Number (PIN) for use during notification.
  • The VINE service will automatically call you when the inmate is transferred or released.

Which inmates are monitored by the VINE service?

  • Only inmates in custody within the Los Angeles County Jail System will be included in the Los Angeles County VINE service information that is provided here.
  • Other Counties and States have similar VINE systems. 

What do I need to register in the VINE system?

  • A touch tone telephone
  • Inmate name
  • Inmate booking number (obtainable from the Los Angeles County Sheriff website at
  • Your four digit PIN code

What is a PIN, and why is it used?

  • The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a four digit number that you choose that will allow you to stop notification calls from VINE.
  • The PIN should be a number that is easy to remember.
  • Entering a PIN is the only way to confirm and stop VINE notification calls.

What if I do not answer my phone or my phone is busy when VINE calls?

  • The VINE service will keep trying to reach you. If there is no answer or the line is busy, VINE will continue to call every half hour for 24 hours.
  • VINE will leave a message on an answering machine, but will continue to call every two hours for the 24-hour period.
  • Important Note:  Since VINE calls automatically when an inmate's custody status changes, release or transfer notification calls may come in the middle of the night.  

Does VINE guarantee my safety?

  • No.
  • The VINE program is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to inmate information and to alert you when an inmate's custody status changes.
  • Do not depend solely on VINE or any other program for your safety.
  • If you feel that you may be at risk, take precautions as if the offender has already been released.  
  • How do I discontinue the service?
  • If there has been a phone number entered incorrectly and/or there are calls to persons not requiring or no longer needing this service, please contact the Inmate Reception Center Records Head Clerks Office, at (213) 893-5758, for the procedure to be discontinued.