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The South Carolina Department of Corrections has introduced a state-of-art automated telephone notification and inquiry service that puts offender information at crime victims’ fingertips.

The 24-hour a day system allows callers to dial a toll-free number, 877-VINE-4-SC (877-846-3472), to check on the status of an offender serving time in the SC Department of Corrections. The system is also set up to give registered victims automatic notification telephone calls when an offender is released, transferred, or returned to custody.

The automated system will not be used for emergency notifications. A Department of Corrections staff member will personally contact registered victims during emergencies. Victims should call the Division of Victim Services at (800-835-0304) to register to receive the notifications or if they do not want to be part of the automated notification service. Victims should also call this number to report and update their telephone and address information.

When checking on an offender’s status using the automated system, please remember that the release dates are for the first day of the month in which the offender completes the prison sentence. There are exemptions to this procedure for certain sentences and for months when the first day is on a weekend or a holiday. Based on state law, the gain or loss of earned credits may contribute to changes in the sentence completion date, as do additional sentences and court-ordered releases.