Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is a victim?

An individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime is considered a “victim”. Other persons such as the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or guardian may also qualify as a victim if the victim is deceased or is physically unable to exercise the privileges and rights of the victim.

2. Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. Victim names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails are exempt from disclosure under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. Additionally, pursuant to NRS 209.521, victim information is confidential. Only Victim Services Unit staff has access to this information.

3. How do I request to be notified?

You may request notification by completing the Victim Notification Request form. This form is on this website under Forms. It can also be obtained from the prosecuting attorney or victim service advocates in your community. In addition, you can contact the Victim Services Unit and request the form.

4. Am I automatically registered when the inmate arrives at DOC?

No. If you wish to receive notification regarding an inmate’s status, please fill out the notification request form and provide it to the Victim Services Unit directly.

5. What information about the inmate am I entitled to know?

The Victim Services Unit will provide you with sentence structure information (parole eligibility date and projected expiration date), location of the inmate, escape and recapture of the inmate, discharge of the inmate, and death of the inmate. Additionally, we can provide you with information regarding institutional rules and restitution. We cannot, however, provide information regarding an inmate’s internal disciplinary history or programming information.

6. If I register with VINE, am I automatically registered with DOC?

No. VINE is an additional service provided to victims which is anonymous and maintained by the vendor, Appriss, Inc.

7. Can I register with DOC and VINE?

Yes. The Department of Corrections Victims Service Unit encourages all victims to utilize VINE as an additional resource for notifications. A victim can register to receive notifications by phone and/or e-mail through VINE as well as letter notifications from the Department of Corrections.

8. Are there notifications that VINE provides that DOC does not?

Yes. By implementing VINE, the Victim Services Unit has expanded the notifications provided to victims & their families. The Victim Services Unit often receives calls from victims and their families concerning the transfer of inmates from one institution to another. If this is a concern of yours, registering with VINE will assist you. VINE will provide registered victims with notifications regarding the movement of an inmate from one institution to another.