VICTIM INFORMATION

Victims of a crime do not have to deal with the physical, financial and psychological issues associated with what has happened to them......alone!  If you are a victim of a crime in Columbia County and are in need of assistance because of what happened to you, contact:

Columbia County District Attorney Victim Advocate - 518-828-3414
NYS Crime Victims Board - 518-457-8727 or www.ovs.ny.gov
Domestic Violence Services for Columbia & Greene Counties - 518-943-9211

If you would like to know if the offender is still incarcerated and wish to be notified when he/she is released, read the VINE information below.

V.I.N.E.
New York State Sheriff's Association Institute
VICTIM HOTLINE
1-888-VINE-4-NY (1-888-846-3469)
Statewide victim assistance and notification 24 hours a day.

Many victims live in fear that the criminal offender who victimized them may someday return to do so again.  For these victims and their families and friends, it is important to know if that offender is incarcerated in a correctional facility - and to know if and when that offender is released from custody.

The NYS Sheriff's Victim Hotline provides custody status of any offender housed in any of New York's county jails, State Correctional Facilities or other county correctional facilities including NYC jails.

In addition to providing custody status information to callers, the Sheriff's VICTIM HOTLINE also has an automatic notification feature.  Any victim may register with the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE to be automatically notified if an offender's custody status should change.  This feature eliminates the need for a victim to constantly call the Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE to verify the offender's status.

What will the New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE do for me?

The New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE will tell you if an offender is in jail or prison in the State of New York and will give you other important custody information.  The VICTIM HOTLINE will also let you leave a phone number where you can be notified when that offender is released, transferred, or escapes.

What do I need to do?

Call 1-888-846-3469 from a touch-tone phone and follow the directions.  the VICTIM HOTLINE will tell you the custody status of the offender.

If the offender is in custody, you can leave a phone number where you want to be notified when there is a change in the offender's custody status.  Enter the area code and phone number, followed by the pound (#) key.

When the VICTIM HOTLINE asks, make up and enter a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) code that will be easy for you to remember.  The New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE will ask for the PIN code when it calls you.  When the New York Sheriffs' VICTIM HOTLINE calls, 1-888-846-3469, enter your PIN when asked.  Entering the PIN lets the VICTIM HOTLINE know that you got the call.

DO NOT DEPEND SOLELY ON THE SHERIFFS' VICTIM HOTLINE, OR ANY OTHER SINGLE PROGRAM, FOR YOUR PROTECTION.  MAKE THE NEW YORK SHERIFFS' VICTIM HOTLINE PART OF YOUR SAFETY PLAN.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Sergeant Patrick Delaney, Columbia County Sheriffs Office VINE Coordinator.  Sergeant Patrick Delaney can be reached at the Columbia County Jail at 518-828-3324.


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