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Thursday, April 23, 2021

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If any of my erstwhile pals down Tampa Bay way fail to get in touch for a long stretch, I can always scan through Tampa Bay Mug Shots to see if they’ve been pinched in the past 60 days, and therefore are too preoccupied to chat with me.

Aggregating the arrest records from Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties and showcasing them via the region’s dominant newspaper is mighty provocative. Of course, it’s all perfectly routine under public-records procedure:

A sheriff’s office Web site maintains publicly accessible arrest records regardless of the disposition of any particular case. One principle behind Mug Shots is to mirror the sheriff’s office Web site policies closely. We provide links from every individual’s profile page to the detail page at the corresponding sheriff’s office site, which contains instructions about how to follow up on any particular case.

So the St. Pete Times isn’t outing anyone, exactly. But obviously, there’s a higher level of exposure via a search-friendly site like Mug Shots, with a meticulously-permalinked structure (albeit an extremely perishable one, since they expire in 60 days just like the police public record), than from the typically-buried information on the sheriff websites. I’m sure the paper is getting plenty of heat from disgruntled perps.

Still, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the online time. It’s a great idea, and a rare bright spot out of the distressed newspaper world.

(Via @noesym)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/23/2009 08:27:09 AM
Category: Florida Livin', Internet, Media, True Crime
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