New app lets crime victims monitor offenders

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa crime victims can keep tabs on jail and prison inmates using a new mobile app.

The state Attorney General’s office says Thursday the free VINEMobile app will allow crime victims and the public to anonymously monitor inmates in Iowa correctional facilities and most county jails. They can also sign up for notifications when inmates’ custody status changes due to transfer or release.

Attorney General Tom Miller says in a statement that this tool will help crime victims because they can more easily get information about criminals.

The app was developed by Appriss Inc. and is available for Android and Apple devices. It is a mobile version of IowaVINE, a victim notification service.

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