A woman found out her attacker was out of prison because she signed up to be notified by a state agency. Here’s how the Vine Program works and can help crime victims of violent crime.
The Vine Program is designed to monitor the custody status of inmates at the Douglas County Jail and inmates in the state pen. “To have to tell your 7-year-old if you hear mommy screaming, whatever you do don’t come back for me, is a really hard thing to do,” says Heather Duhachek.
For her, it was a hard but necessary thing to say after her ex-husband beat her almost to death more than a year ago. Timothy Moody did get jail time. Heather also registered to monitor her ex-husband’s custody status through the Nebraska Vine Program. She called the Vine phone number, gave the program a telephone number where she could be reached for notification and received a call when her ex was put on work release.
“So when I got the message it basically said this is some information about the inmate you requested and we just want to let you know he’s been moved to community corrections and he will not be under the constant supervision of the Department of Corrections.”
Heather was concerned that the man who did this to her was moving around unsupervised for a few hours a day. She made some phone calls and he was put back in jail.
“That’s exactly what the Vine system is for, we notify people that want to be notified, doesn’t have to be a family member, doesn’t have to be a victim, it’s just people who are concerned, could be a neighbor or somebody that’s concerned,” said Bob Houston with the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
If you need more information about the Vine Program, call the hotline at 1-877-634-8463. The program is available in English and Spanish and supported by 24-hour operator assistance.