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Ada County arrest mugshots available online once again

Criminal mugshots from the Ada County Jail, viewed nearly 15,000 times a day, were unavailable since early August. They are back online, following installation of a new computer software program.
Criminal mugshots from the Ada County Jail, viewed nearly 15,000 times a day, were unavailable since early August. They are back online, following installation of a new computer software program.

Photos of people arrested for crimes in Ada County had been missing from the Sheriff’s Office website since early August after the department switched over to a new computer software program.

Upgrades had to be made in order to provide access to mugshots of those arrested, those awaiting trial or serving sentences and a list of people with outstanding warrants. Officials are still working to restore the photos of the longer-term inmates and the list of warrants, spokesman Patrick Orr said.

The arrest list, which includes mugshots and charges filed against criminal defendants, previously averaged about 15,000 page views a day. In June, those pages were looked at more than 453,000 times. The list of outstanding warrants received about 43,000 page views in June, while the roster of jail inmates had 34,000 views.

The sheriff’s office replaced its 911 emergency dispatch software earlier this year. The old system was two decades old and needed to be replaced. The new operations and management software for the Ada County Jail was installed Wednesday, prompting the online lists to disappear temporarily.

The jail management software is compatible with an upgrade to the 4th District Court’s adoption of a new court records management system, iCourt, that went into place in August.

Over the next two years, iCourt will be in every county across Idaho. Ada County is the second county in the state to launch the system, which debuted in Twin Falls County last summer.

When the new systems are fully functional, 911 dispatch, jail records and court records will be fully integrated. Sheriff’s officials hope to have all systems working together by November.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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