Thursday, August 30, 2012

Florida Mug Shots


Tampa Bay Mug Shots is a new website that provides mug shots and arrest records for citizens in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties. The site is easy to use and you can conduct a search by entering either the arrested party’s last name or a zip code. The results will show images and you can click each image and view the information provided for each person. The data includes the inmates booking number, height, weight, age, gender, eye and hair color, and the time and date of booking. You’ll also find information regarding the inmate’s charge, and if the system can’t retrieve charge data, you can access the arresting sheriff’s office online for more information.
The website, Tampa Bay Mug Shots, keeps the images posted for 60 days. Only inmates who had photos with their arrest records are added to the Tampa Bay Mug Shots website. Though all inmates have mug shots taken upon booking, the website only utilizes those pictures that are readable. If you are searching for an inmate and are having difficulty finding their mug shot on the website, then check with the arresting county’s sheriff’s department.
It’s important to remember, however, that all inmates are innocent until proven guilty. Just because you can find a person’s mug shot on the website doesn’t necessarily indicate that the inmate is guilty of the crime they are being charged with. Additionally, the website doesn’t organize or classify inmates according to the crimes they are being charged with. The only way to search is by last name or zip code.
Though it might seem that a website that features Tampa mug shots is an invasion of privacy, all mug shots are public records. The information on the website comes directly from county sheriff’s websites. Since the information is public record, it is also very likely that juvenile’s mug shots will appear on the website, since they were booked through their county sheriff’s office.



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