Frequently Asked Questions
What is SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts?
How does SC SAVIN work?
How does SAVIN Courts work?
What are the Benefits of SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts?
Who can use the SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts Service?
WHAT should I tell victims about SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts?
Additional Important Information about SC SAVIN


What is SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts?

SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts is a service that provides victims of crime and those who serve them two important features: information and notification.

SC SAVIN monitors the status of offenders in custody at 43 participating County Detention Centers, 4 Prison Work Camps and two City Jails; as well as the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) and the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. SAVIN Courts also provides notifications for General Sessions criminal court defendants in select Judicial Circuits at this time, with the expectation of expanding to other Judicial Circuits and Magistrate Courts in the near future.

This service is available in English and Spanish and is supported by 24-hour assistance from trained victim service representatives.

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How does SC SAVIN Work?

Every 15 minutes, updated data is collected from booking and offender management systems, and transmitted to a secured central database. This information is then searchable by: To obtain the custody status and location of an adult offender, one or more of the following is needed:
  • Offender Name
  • Secondary search options if there is more than one offender with the same name:
    • Middle Initial
    • Date of Birth
  • Offender Number
  • Warrant Number
Registration for notifications on adult offender custody status changes are just a few steps away. Crime victims and the general public may register with the SC SAVIN system and must have:
  • Touch-tone telephone where they can be contacted or
  • Valid email address or
  • Cell phone that can receive SMS (text) messaging
Notifications are available by telephone, text messaging, TTY or email, in English or Spanish.

Note: For DOC Offenders, crime victims must register for notification through the South Carolina Department of Corrections' Division of Victim Services by calling 1-800-835-0304. Once registered, a PIN code will be assigned that must be used to access messages via automated telephone calls. No PIN code is necessary for email or text messaging.
For DJJ Offenders, crime victims must register for notification through the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Victim Services Program by calling 888-224-6165. Once registered, a PIN code will be assigned that must be used to access messages via automated telephone calls. Email and text messaging are not available at this time.

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How does SAVIN Courts work?

Every 15 minutes, updated data is collected from case management systems maintained by County Solicitors' offices, and transmitted to a secured central database.

Registration for notifications on the status changes for General Sessions criminal court defendants are handled by the County Solicitor's office of each Judicial Circuit. A touch-tone telephone or valid email address is needed. Once registered, a PIN code will be assigned that must be used to access messages via automated telephone calls. No PIN code is necessary for email or text messaging.

Notifications are available by telephone, text messaging, TTY or email, in English or Spanish.

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What are the benefits of SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts?

  • The assistance for victims via trained victim service representatives, 24 hours a day
  • Constant monitoring of all automated systems
  • Frees staff time to focus on core responsibilities
  • Satisfies legislative requirements for victim notification
  • Provides records and a history of notification
  • Notifications can be made in English or Spanish, via telephone, text messaging, TTY or email.


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Who can use the SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts Service?

Anyone concerned with the status of an adult offender may call the toll-free number, 1-866-727-2846, search https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/initMap.do or download the mobile app. Victims, as defined by state statute, may register through any of the methods listed, or through any participating law enforcement agency's victim advocate (SC SAVIN) or County Solicitor's victim advocate (SAVIN Courts). Through any method chosen, personal information is always kept secure.

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What should I tell victims about SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts?

Victims should know that SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts are services available to assist them in learning the status of an offender or General Sessions criminal court defendant. All SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts registrations are anonymous and confidential. Victims should also know that they can opt out of the service at any time if they no longer wish to receive notifications.

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  • SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts cannot guarantee the safety of crime victims
  • Anyone can access SC SAVIN for custody status information
  • Offenders cannot access SC SAVIN or SAVIN Courts to see who has registered for notifications.
  • SC SAVIN monitors offenders who are in South Carolina state and county detention facilities, those who are under community supervision with the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services or in the custody of the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. SAVIN Courts monitors criminal court defendants in the select Judicial Circuits' court docket.
  • SC SAVIN cannot track adult offenders who are on "bond" and out of custody. If no custody information is available through SC SAVIN, it can be assumed the offender has been released from custody.
  • SC SAVIN cannot track offenders housed within mental health facilities or display information regarding Juveniles.
  • Victims must re-register with SC SAVIN when an adult offender is transferred between agencies (ex. transfer from a County detention center to the Department of Corrections).
  • If a registrant moves or changes their phone number or other contact information, they are responsible for updating that information with SC SAVIN.
  • Registration for Department of Corrections' notifications is accomplished by contacting that agency's Division of Victim Services.
  • Those calling from a rotary phone can remain on the toll-free phone line and receive assistance from an operator.
  • SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts notification calls are made for 48-hours or until the four-digit PIN code is entered.
  • SC SAVIN and SAVIN Courts are available in English and Spanish. For those who need assistance with other languages, live operator assistance is available in more than 200 other languages via the toll-free line.


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