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Notification & Registry Systems

VINE System

VINE (or Victim Identification & Notification Everyday) provides notification of critical information about incarcerated offenders. VINE is an automated, state-wide victim notification system that provides information about inmates housed in local jails and adult correctional facilities, as well as some juvenile offenders. It is operated by the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Through computer generated telephone calls, texts and e-mails, all registrants are contacted when an inmate's custody status has changed. (For example, a "custody status change" would include the release or escape of an inmate). A registrant can also be notified of upcoming parole hearings. The system can be used by survivors, law enforcement officials, and members of the general public. Information can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-511-1670 or going to To receive automatic notification, one must first register by calling the number above or visiting the web site.

Kentucky Offender On-Line Look-up System (KOOL)

Kentucky Offender On-Line Look-up System (KOOL) also provides information about incarcerated offenders Information provided on-line includes location of incarceration, convictions, sentencing, and parole. To use KOOL, visit, then select "Inmate Search." For more information, visit the Department of Corrections website at

Sex Offender Register

Kentucky's Sex Offender Registry tracks convicted offenders who have been released. For information see KRS 17.500 et al. The Registry provides a broad range of information, including photographs, residence, and brief descriptions of types of crimes committed. Offenders must register before being released from incarceration and must update information before they relocate. Some offenders are required to register for 20 years, others for life. Offenders who fail to register or knowingly provide false information may be charged with a felony. No registrant may be relieved of the obligation to register unless the conviction is overturned or pardon is granted. All registered sex offenders are prohibited from residing within 1,000 feet of any high school, middle school, elementary school, preschool, publicly owned playground or licensed day care facility. The limitation is to be measured from property line to property line. This Registry is maintained by the Kentucky State Police and is accessible to the general public at:

Sex Offender Alert Line

Kentucky's Sex Offender Alert Line provides up-to-date information regarding the release of registered sex offenders into local communities. This system is distinct in that notification is based on zip-code registration, whereas VINE provides information about specific offenders. For more information, visit

This project was supported by Grant Number VAWA ARRA-2009-KASAP-00034 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.