Inmate Information and Release Notification
Prior to Conviction
In Minnesota, victims of violent crime
have a right to be notified of the pretrial release of an offender from a jail or detention facility. Although this notification takes place without a request by the victim, victims are encouraged to use the VINE system to ensure prompt, reliable notification.
The VINE program allows victims of any crime
, as well as interested parties, to be notified of the release of an offender both before and after conviction. >More on VINE
After a Conviction
Following a conviction, crime victims will be notified of release of an incarcerated offender only if they have made a request to the jail or Department of Corrections (DOC) facility.
To make a request to be notified about an offender’s release from a county jail
following the conviction of the offender, contact the facility directly to find out about its process for making the request. Victims can also request to receive a release notification through the VINE. > More on VINE
To make a request to be notified about an offender’s release from a DOC facility
(prison), use Minnesota CHOICE or contact the DOC Victim Assistance Program. > More on Minnesota CHOICE