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The Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) VINEWatch is a national, automated victim notification system for victims of interstate compact offenders and links all 50 member states and 3 territories together. ICOTS VINEWatch makes it possible for states to keep victims notified and informed. Victims who opt-in for the real-time text, email, and telephone notifications will receive notice of significant compact events involving the offender. Information entered into ICOTS is immediately sent to the registered victim. All interstate compact offenders are eligible for registration regardless of their supervision type (probation or parole).

There is no cost to states to implement ICOTS VINEWatch. Interested states simply need to request a user name/password from the ICAOS National Office. States can implement ICOTS VINEWatch in cooperation with their existing notification authority. Victims can choose to receive notice on any, or all, of the following offender activities:
  • Offender’s request for an interstate transfer;
  • Approval or denial of offender’s transfer request;
  • Withdrawal of a transfer request;
  • Offender’s authorized departure from the sending state;
  • Offender’s authorized arrival in the receiving state;
  • When the offender violates the terms of their supervision;
  • When their is a change in the offender’s primary address;
  • When the offender returns to the sending state;
  • Case closure (when the offender is no longer to be supervised).

Visit the following links to learn more about ICOTS VINEWatch and how to implement it in your state: Share this information in your communities to encourage participation in ICOTS VINEWatch. There is no cost to states to implement ICOTS VINEWatch. Contact your state’s Interstate Compact Office or victim notification authority for more information on ICOTS VINEWatch and its implementation.
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