PEACE OF MIND IN MARYLAND.Maryland is about to go statewide with a program that alerts crime victims to the status of offenders as they move through the criminal justice system. Victim Identification and Notification Everyday (VINE) keeps crime victims informed through a 24-hour hot line of an offender's custody status and pending court dates and hearings. Victims who register also get an automated au·to·mate
v. au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing, au·to·mates
1. To convert to automatic operation: automate a factory.
2. phone call notifying no·ti·fy
tr.v. no·ti·fied, no·ti·fy·ing, no·ti·fies
1. To give notice to; inform: notified the citizens of the curfew by posting signs.
2. them when an offender offender n. an accused defendant in a criminal case or one convicted of a crime. (See: defendant, accused) is moved, released or comes up for parole parole (pərōl`), in criminal law, release from prison of a convict before the expiration of his term on condition that his activities be restricted and that he report regularly to an officer. . The system's developer says the service is being used in 750 communities in 35 states. Maryland is among nine states that will offer it statewide, and one of three that includes information about pending court dates and hearings.