Custody status of inmates in Nebraska now can be sent via text message

Information about changes in the status of people held in jails and prisons in Nebraska can now be delivered via text message, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday.

Users of Victim Information Notification Everyday have previously been able to call a toll-free telephone number, visit or use the program’s app to check on the custody status of someone in a state or local facility in Nebraska.

“VINE has helped provide many Nebraskans and their families with a sense of security,” Ricketts said in a statement. “The addition of text messaging will help communicate vital information about the status of offenders more effectively and efficiently to the thousands of Nebraskans who rely on this system.”

Also Tuesday, Ricketts’ office said that the Nebraska Crime Commission hopes that another new feature being planned will improve the tracking of people in custody as they move from one facility to another. It may be available in November, Ricketts’ office said.