If you feel you are in danger
If you feel you are in danger, or if the behavior is in violation of a valid court order, we strongly encourage you to contact local law enforcement immediately.
If you are a victim or witness of an eligible crime, you are entitled to Advance Notification by the Department of Corrections (DOC) when incarcerated persons move through the prison system, and when they are released to the community.
If you choose to enroll for Advance Notification, the DOC can provide you with information regarding an incarcerated person serving their sentence when the following events occur:
- Transfer to a work release facility
The time an incarcerated person spends in a work release facility is considered "partial confinement." This is part of the prison sentence imposed by the sentencing judge. Under current law, inmates may serve up to the last six months of their sentences in work release. Enrollees are notified when inmates transfer to a work release facility, as those living in these facilities will at times be in the community without being accompanied by DOC staff.
Under state law, enrollees have the opportunity to submit input to the DOC regarding an inmate's work release placement. If you wish to do so, please submit your input in writing to the Victim Services Program.
- Release to the community or other jurisdiction
- Addresses being investigated for release of sex offenders
- Death of the offender during incarceration
- Escape from custody
- Immediate release
- Certain type of escorted leave
Apply for Advance Notification
Participation in the Advance Notification program is voluntary, not automatic. You must apply. Eligible applicants (e.g., victims/survivors, witnesses, family members of deceased or minor-aged victims, guardians of victims, concerned community members) may elect to receive notification and services from the Department of Corrections about specific individuals under the jurisdiction of the Department.
To receive Advance Notifications you must:
- Complete and submit the DOC 07-040 Application for Advance Notification and Victim Services.
- Keep your contact information up-to-date
If your address, email address, or phone number changes, please contact us. The Victim Services Program will not be able to notify you if you do not report changes in your address, email address or telephone number.
Discontinue Advance Notification
If you wish to discontinue your participation in the Advance Notification program, submit a written request by email or mail to the Victim Services Program.
Automated notifications are provided by the Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification (SAVIN), also known as VINE. Please note this service is separate and independent from the DOC's Advance Notification program.
Any member of the community may sign-up online for automated notifications to:
- Notify you the same day an inmate releases from custody
- Notify you when an inmate transfers from one DOC prison facility to another
Sex Offender Notification
Find sex offenders on the national sex offender registry website.