To provide victims of federal crime with information on case events, the Department of Justice has developed the Victim Notification System (VNS). VNS is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Attorneys' Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The VNS is a free, computer/web-based system that provides information to victims throughout the criminal justice process. While the case is in the prosecution stage, the VNS provides information and notification to identified victims of case events, including the filing of charges against a suspected offender, scheduled court proceedings, imposed sentence, restitution information, and post-sentencing proceedings (i.e. appeal information). After sentencing, the VNS continues notification during the corrections phase of the case if the defendant is ordered incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The link to the VNS system is available to victims who have received secure login ID and Password from the VNS system via U.S. Mail.
Additional information regarding the VNS is located in the VNS Brochure. Also, you may contact the appropriate district Victim Witness Specialist for additional information on access to the VNS System.