Registration and Notification
Why register with the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Board of Parole (BOP)?
So you can be notified of the following:
Parole Board interviews and Decisions
Any type of pending release from DOC custody or supervision
Escorted visits and Furloughs from one of our institutions
Escape from custody
Death of an incarcerated individual
Other unusual changes to an incarcerated person's status
How to register:
If you are the victim of an offender's current charges and want to receive notification from our Department, you need to contact the County Attorney’s Office where the crime was prosecuted and request registration. The County Attorney is the official "registrar" of all victim registrations and is responsible to ensure your registration is forwarded to the DOC and the BOP.
Please call our office at 1-800-778-1182 for information about an incarcerated person. We are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.
VICTIMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS WITH ADDRESS/PHONE UPDATES and CHANGES.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
In addition to registering with the DOC and BOP, you may also want to register with Iowa VINE. This is an anonymous and automated system available to anyone interested in receiving automated notifications of an offender's movement in the system, such as movement from one institution to another or after discharge. To register with VINE, please call 1-888-742-8463 or visit the Iowa VINE website at: http://www.vinelink.com/.
IMPORTANT: If you have registered with VINE (Victim Information and notification Everyday), this does NOT mean you are registered with the DOC or the BOP. Please contact your County Attorney’s Office to become a DOC/BOP registered victim.