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The United States Attorney's Office

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

About the Victim Notification System


The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that victims of federal crime are treated fairly as their case moves through the criminal justice system. In order to provide victims 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 U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This computer-based system is free and provides important information to victims. In many cases you will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to your case and/or any defendants in the case.


The Victim Notification System can provide important information to victims regarding the status of their case, including:

  • Investigative status
  • Arrest of a suspected offender
  • Filing of criminal charges against a suspected offender, along with the nature of the charges
  • Acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest)
  • Scheduling of each court proceeding that you are either required or entitled to attend
  • The pre-trial release on bail or detention status of a suspected offender
  • Bureau of Prisons custody status, location, and projected release date
  • The verdict and sentence imposed after trial

Victims will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow access to information about the case via the Internet at:


Updated December 15, 2014

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