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Mug Shot Cites Make $$$ On Shame

When Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney decided to post a daily arrest list and booking photos on the Internet in 2003, it was to provide a public service — and a deterrent for people about to do something really stupid, like drive drunk. The site has become popular, averaging about 200,000 unique visitors a month, and Raney considers it a complete success. “I don’t know how many times I have heard from people that they got a designated driver so they don’t end up on our website,” he said. “The public deterrence factor is pretty high, especially for DUI driving.” But Raney is now considering removing the site ( because of what he sees as an abuse of the public information and service it provides/Patrick Orr, Statesman. More here. (Ada County Jail photo of last person arrested for DUI) H/T: SamC

Question: Would you like to see your sheriff's office publish mug shots of people arrested for DUI?

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