Inmate Status Notifications

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is now a participant in the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) program. VINE is an anonymous service provided at no cost to the public for the purpose of providing notification when certain changes occur to an inmate’s custody status. This service has been introduced in San Diego County in part through a grant from the California State Sheriff’s Association.

Users are able to register an e-mail address and/or telephone numbers in order to be notified when an inmate is released, is pending release (for sentenced inmates with scheduled release dates), or when transferred to a facility in another county or state prison.

Click here to view an Online VINE Demonstration

How to Register with VINE

To take advantage of this system:

  1. Search for the inmate through the Sheriff's Who's In Jail site.
    Who's In Jail
  2. Once you locate the correct inmate, click his/her name to view the inmate's information page.
  3. About halfway down the page, you will see a link to register for inmate status notifications.  Click on that link.
  4. A new browser window will open giving you access to the VINE web site. Simply follow the directions to register your email and/or phone numbers.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: When registering with VINE, please make certain you enter your email address and/or phone number correctly. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department will not know if you have entered incorrect information, and an entry error will prevent you from getting important notifications.

You may also register by calling VINE toll-free at (877) 411-5588, or by going directly to the VINE web site. 

Click here to go directly to the VINE website

Please note:  Using the inmate's booking number is the best way to register at VINE.

Marsy’s Law

On November 4, 2008, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 9, the Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy’s Law. This measure amended the California Constitution to provide certain rights to crime victims.

The rights described in Marsy’s Law involve many different entities within the criminal justice system. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is able to help meet these rights as they relate to defendants in Sheriff's custody.  Information relating to pending legal proceedings (Marsy’s Rights #7 and #8) can be found by visiting our Who’s in Jail site, searching for the inmate, and noting any pending court appearances listed at the bottom of the inmate’s page.

To register for notifications regarding an inmate’s custody status (Marsy’s right #12), visit Vinelink and follow the instructions described above.

For more information about Marsy’s law, visit the following:

Marsy’s Law Bill of Rights
Frequently Asked Questions about Marsy’s Law


San Diego County District Attorney Case Information

The San Diego County District Attorney offers an online resource providing information about a defendant’s pending court appearance.  You can search by last name or court case number.  Case numbers are generally available near the bottom of the inmate’s page on our Who’s in Jail site.

District Attorney’s Case Information
Who’s in Jail


Additional Victim Assistance

Additional assistance for victims of crime may be obtained by contacting the San Diego County District Attorney's Office (619) 531-4041 and/or State of California.

District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program
California’s Victim Compensation Program