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Sheriff's Office - Charleston County, South Carolina
Victim Witness

Tel: (843) 529-7471


The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is committed to assisting victims and witnesses of crime in a fair, compassionate and dignified manner. Agency personnel will ensure that victims and witnesses of crime are afforded all the rights and entitlements provided by law.


Section 16-3-1530 in South Carolina Code of Laws states that, a department or agency having custody or custodial supervision of a person accused, convicted, found not guilty by reason of insanity, or adjudicated guilty of committing an offense involving one or more victims reasonably must attempt to notify each victim, upon request, of the person’s release, escape or transfer.


Detention Center Victim Services is staffed by civilian Victim Advocates and supervised by the Victim Services supervisor. Detention Center Victim Services is responsible for notifying victims when their accused offenders have been released from the facility under any circumstance.


Victim Services uses the V.I.N.E. (Victim Information Notification Everyday) telephone system to assist with notifications. Victims are registered with V.I.N.E., an automated computer program, which makes an immediate notification when an inmate is released or transferred to another site. By using the V.I.N.E. system, a crime victim can also check on the status of their accused offender at any time. The caller will need the inmate number or first and last names.



Important Information about V.I.N.E.


To register with V.I.N.E., call (866) 727-2846 and follow the automated instructions. A touch-tone telephone must be used to register for automated notification. V.I.N.E. will ask for a telephone number and a four-digit PIN code. You should select a PIN that is easy to remember. Also, you may enter more than one telephone number to ensure that timely notification is made. If you move or change telephone numbers after registering, call the Charleston County V.I.N.E. line to change your information in the system.


When V.I.N.E calls to make notification, enter the four-digit PIN selected upon registration to verify that you have been notified. Once the PIN is entered, the system will provide information regarding the inmate.


If a PIN code is not entered when V.I.N.E. calls or an answering machine picks up, V.I.N.E. will continue to call the registered telephone number for up to 24 hours, until a PIN code is entered.


V.I.N.E. is a free and confidential service provided by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.


For additional information regarding the V.I.N.E. system or assistance in registering for V.I.N.E., call the Detention Center Victim Witness Office at (843) 529-7471. For further information on any other services provided to crime victims, call the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office







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