Mugshots On AugustaCrime.com Will Be Deleted After 1 Year
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
The Jail Report is making some changes to its website, AugustaCrime.com. From now on, mugshots will only stay on the website for a year.
The Jail Report has been around for about 5 years now, and within that time, thousands of mugshots have been posted to its website, but if you were arrested more than a year ago, your mugshot and booking information is no longer online.
Last week, we told you about Alexa Gosby, an Aiken woman whose mugshot could be found on AugustaCrime.com, but now, her mugshot is no longer online.
"Today, we removed over 20,000 mugshots that were over a year old and that is a move that we have planned on for months, just a way to stay current," The Jail Report Owner Greg Rickabaugh said.
Rickabaugh has updated the site with a system that will delete records after they have been online for a year. Rickabaugh says he is trying to differentiate his website from some of the other mugshot websites out there that charge people to have their mugshots removed.
"The other websites are run by people with no business in the journalism industry who are simply extorting people and allowing people to pay them to have their mugshot kept out or extorting those who have been arrested to have them pay hundreds of dollars to have them removed. We have never taken a penny from a person who has been arrested," Rickabaugh said.
Symone Thompson was arrested in April 2013 for the false report of a crime. She says the charges were dismissed, but now she is worried about her mugshot, which is online.
"It's not fair for those who made a mistake one time and really learned from it," she said.
We told Thompson that since her charges were dismissed, she could contact the website to have her mugshot removed. And we also told her about the changes to the website that will only keep arrest information online for a year.
"I think that's fair, especially for misdemeanors. I won't say too much about felonies, but I mean, people can turn their lives around even over a felony. But I think it just depends on what the case is," Thompson said.
Here at WJBF News Channel 6, if we have your arrest information on our website and you have been found not guilty or had the charges dropped, we will update the story on our website.