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The Victim Notification System (VNS) is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This free, computer-based system provides vital information for victims of federal crimes. Some victims will receive VNS letters about events or individuals related to a criminal case. VNS also offers information about an offender’s custody or release status.

For case status, call the VNS Call Center at 1-866-365-4968 or visit the VNS website.

Access to VNS is limited to victims of federal crimes who have received VNS ID and PIN numbers from the Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office. For more information about VNS, contact the Victim Witness Assistance Unit.

For more information about the Department of Justice’s Victim Notification System see DOJ Publication 260.


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