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Crime Victim's Services for Austin County

Crime Victim Liaison Officer - Deputy Barbara Reinhardt - barbarar@austincountyso.org

 

417 N. Chesley St.

Bellville, TX 77418

979-865-3111

 

Crime Victim's Services Pertains to:  citizens of Austin County who have been affected by crime.  Crime Victims who have certain needs that require assistance and allows them to maintain a form of stability to help them through their ordeal.

Main Goal: Strive to assure that citizens of this county are aware of their rights as a Crime Victim, and are provided information and referral of the various services/resources available to assist them.

 

Services Include:

        1.    Crime Victim's Rights

        2.    Assistance with Crime Victim Compensation through the Attorney General's Office

        3.    Making sure that Crime Victims are aware of the various services available in Austin County, and surrounding areas, to assist them

        4.    Obtain answers to questions they may have about the criminal justice process, or assist them in obtaining that information

        5.    Help with other services, ex: assist with U-Visas, Confidentiality Address, etc.

        6.    Preventative measures anf information to prevent becoming a crime victim.

 

Texas VINE

(Victim's Instant Notification Everyday)

Texas VINE is a service provided free of charge by the State of Texas

VINE Service Number: (877) 894-8463

TTY: (866) 847-1298

 
 
 
 
The Texas Statewide Automated Victim Notification System (SAVNS) is a free, anonymous telephone service that gives victims of crime information and notification about offender custody status and related court events. Texas SAVNS provides the following to crime victims and other concerned citizens over the telephone or via the internet at VINELink.

- 24-hour access to offender custody or case information
- The ability to verify an offender's custody status
- Automatic notification to registered users of a change in offender custody or case status

Texas SAVNS provides victims and concerned members of the community with up-to-date information about offenders' county jail custody and court status, 24/7/365 via a single statewide toll-free telephone number (1-877-TX4-VINE).

Information is transferred from participating county databases to the national VINE Operations Center every fifteen minutes. Registered users are then contacted by phone or email if there is a change in status.

 

 
 

TDCJ NOTE:

At this time, you will not be able to access information regarding Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offenders through the VINELink System. General information can be accessed by calling 1-877-TX4-VINE. You can obtain general TDCJ offender information by using the link below. Access the "General offender information only" link that will direct you to the "Online Offender Search" link.
 

 
 

 
 

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM, VICTIM FAMILY MEMBER or have VICTIM-RELATED CONCERNS:

To register with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division (TDCJ-VSD) and receive information regarding an offender who is currently in the TDCJ-Correctional Institutions Division (TDCJ-CID), you may call toll-free to 1-800-848-4284 or 512-406-5900, Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm or email victim.svc@tdcj.state.tx.us. TDCJ-VSD has a 70-point notification system to keep you informed of an offender's status from the time you register with TDCJ-VSD until the offender discharges their sentence. You may register with TDCJ-VSD to receive letter, email, or both types of notification. Through VINE, TDCJ-VSD also has an automated system on which you can request to receive a callout when an offender is being processed for release from TDCJ-CID.

 
 

 

IF YOU ARE AN OFFENDER’S FAMILY MEMBER or FRIEND:

For offender information, you may call 1-936-295-6371 or toll free at 1-800-535-0283 to speak with an operator Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. You may also call these telephone numbers to receive automated offender status and location information 24/7/365. You MUST have the offender's TDCJ or State Identification (SID) number in order to access the automated information. The TDCJ Ombudsman's office can be contacted by calling 1-936-437-8035 Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm or via email at ombudsman@tdcj.state.tx.us



 

Anyone may call Texas VINE to determine the custody status of an offender.

There are two ways you can register to be notified by Texas VINE:

The inmate must be booked into the county jail before a victim can register for this service.  A touch-tone telephone must be used to register for notification. After dialing the VINE number, follow the instructions given by the system. VINE will ask for a telephone number and a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN) to be used for notification calls. The PIN is used to verify a successful notification.

To search for information, callers will need to provide the system with one or more of the following:

  • Offender Name
  • Offender CID number
  • Date of Birth

Information provided when calling VINE service:

  • Name of Offender/Alias
  • CID Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Current Custody Status
  • Location of Offender

Notification

Notification calls begin as soon as the VINE Call Center receives updated records from the on-site computer.  Notification calls to registered persons will be made when one or more of the following occur:

  • General Release
  • Out of Custody
  • Escape
  • Transfer to Another Facility

Calls will be made every 2 hours for 24 hours until the correct PIN is entered. Notifications messages will be left on an answering machine, but calls will continue for 24 hours until the correct PIN is entered.

Telephone numbers are removed from the VINE database 14 days after release or transfer of the offender from the county facility. 

 

 

 

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