Letter notifications from the Victim Notification System (VNS) may be delayed as a result of the availability of staff at government agencies during the COVID-19 outbreak. The other methods of notification provided by VNS (email, the VNS Internet site, toll-free telephone number) will continue in operation and will provide timely information. If you have not already done so, we suggest you access the VNS web site (https://www.notify.usdoj.gov) and enter a verified email address to receive email notifications from VNS.
Registrants of VNS with a verified email address will receive the same notification information via email as provided by the VNS letters. Instructions for accessing the VNS website can be located at the bottom of any previously received victim notification letter.
For assistance, please contact Victim Witness Coordinator, Sandy Palazzolo, 313-226-9633 or Victim Specialist, Sherri Holloway, 313-226-9753.
If you plan to attend a court hearing, prior to the scheduled date of the event, be sure to contact Sandy Palazzolo or Sherri Holloway for any special guidelines on courthouse and/or courtroom access during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please be aware that access may be limited based on government guidelines or restrictions in the local area.