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Online Ada jail photos take hiatus; court records system in transition

Criminal mugshots from the Ada County Jail are viewed nearly 15,000 times a day. They could be unavailable for several weeks as the Sheriff’s Office moves to a different jail management software.
Criminal mugshots from the Ada County Jail are viewed nearly 15,000 times a day. They could be unavailable for several weeks as the Sheriff’s Office moves to a different jail management software.

The move to a new computer software program by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office means the arrest list, jail roster and warrant list could be offline for several weeks.

The arrest list, which includes mugshots and charges filed against criminal defendants, averages 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 will be compatible with an upgrade to the 4th District Court’s adoption of a new court records management system, which will be put into place at 8 a.m. Monday. The transition to the new iCourt system started Wednesday, when the previous system, Idaho Statewide Automated Records System, was taken offline.

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.

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