If you want to contact me and plead your case. I will thoughtfully consider everything you write. Heck, sometimes people are incarcerated by mistake. But use this form.
It's the only way I will deal with people.
Also, if the information on this blog was helpful to you, please leave comments with specifics. It thrills me no end to find out this information, which is just a lot of paste to me, was valuable to somebody in a specific way like finding their biological father.
Heck, you might inspire me to cover that particular roster more often...heaven knows I can't keep up, so I sometimes have to prioritize and stuff gets missed.
Here is an important executive summary up front for a few select readers: This blog has never taken money to remove information and I never will. If I choose to remove information FOR FREE because somebody asks me nicely, that's one thing. And if I choose to run paid advertising, that's another thing.
But I have never, never, NEVER taken money to remove information from this blog. So if you're looking for a site to sue in a class action or
something like that, you're wasting your time with this one. I have created my "business model," such as it is, specifically to AVOID that controversial issue swirling around "Mug Shot Sites." If somebody offers me money to remove a name, I will turn them down.
Move along. Nothing to see here, folks. Just "journalism by copy and paste."
Now that we've got THAT out of the way, here's more about this blog's main mission:
WHY I DO THIS TEDIOUS UNPAID CRAP
There is a lot of information which exists on the internet, somewhere, but doesn't get "crawled" by search engines because of the way these websites are set up. Sometimes the info gets "crawled" but then, oddly, new information replaces the old information. You might find the old stuff, somewhere, but it requires digging and luck. Who has time? When you want to look up a name, you want to find it RIGHT NOW.
Also, I've discovered that when I feed an image into the Google search engine, by publishing that image, it stays in Google. Sometimes...by a process I do not understand (little spirits inside my computer) a picture I published JUST DISAPPEARS from my original post after I publish it...this happens often with Jackson County, Mississippi. But once I've fed that image into Google, it stays in Google "image search" even if that image is no longer on my blog.
So. I feed Google. I feed Google, like, feeding the ocean a bloody mountain of chum.
Somebody who isn't me is turning a hefty profit off my thankless work of mining this information.
I often wonder at the economic impact of the information I publish, the effect over the course of a person's lifetime of having their mugshot published, versus having it never appear in the first place. The economic impact of this little blog might, ultimately, be hundreds of millions of dollars calculated in lifetimes of wage impact...but I see none of that dollar figure in my tattered little pocket.
Oh, well. Doesn't stop me.
The Champaign County, Illinois, jail roster is a good example of why I do this...
This (let us call it) "perishable" internet information can be preserved on a blog like this, for the convenience of search engines and therefore the convenience of you, the reader.
This is NOT a website that posts information and then takes the information down for a fee. No comment is made on sites like that but I DON'T DO THAT.
IT'S NOT PERSONAL
No harsh judgments are made about guilt or innocence here, just the simple administrative fact of a jail booking and whatever information--which may or may not be 100 percent accurate, but it's the official record--was associated with that booking.
AFTER you email me and threaten me to "come find out the truth about Ronald, bitch ass," THAT'S when I make harsh judgments about guilt.
Heck, some people are PROUD of their arrest record. If you were in a protest and got arrested, well, think of your mug as A REALLY COOL PERMANENT TATTOO ON THE INTERNET.
And would you really want that precious proof to just disappear? I mean, one day you will talk about how "back in the day" (before the mortgage, before you sold out and got a straight job WORKING FOR THE MAN, BEING A TOOL FOR THE HIERARCHY) you were out there in the streets fighting for...FILL IN THE BLANK.
And how will you PROVE HOW COOL YOU USED TO BE to the youngsters who are just rolling their eyes at your moldy old story about some ancient protest history...how will you PROVE who you used to be back when you were kind of cool instead of an old fogey dud with tedious, tired stories of "back in the day"?
My existence, which you find grotesque and incomprehensible, is necessary. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you WANT me on this blog, you NEED me on this blog!!!
(A Few Good Men Homage)
But whatever. I'll listen. Make your case for removal. I remove names all the time and don't charge a dime. That story about how the child put the stuff from the store in mommy's purse while sitting in the shopping cart? And it was later proven with security camera footage? And your husband is overseas fighting terrorists and you have to do everything yourself with two little children?
I totally bought all of that.
You had me at "I was shopping at Winn-Dixie with my three-year-old..."
I'M NOT YOUR PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR
Do not annoy me by asking if I have "more information." I don't. I copy and paste. I am not an investigator. Also not a role model, but that's besides the point. I've dealt with criminal justice stuff in my background that comes up at inconvenient times...generally without being a little b*** about it.
NO, I DON'T HAVE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ARRESTED PEOPLE
I understand people are sometimes desperate to find their relatives, and this site might be the first fresh hit of information they have...but why would I have any contact information? I sympathize, but please, try to reach your love one by contacting the jail, or through their attorney if you can find it in court records.
THE ARMPIT OF ILLINOIS, WHICH IS THE ARMPIT OF AMERICA
My initial focus is Champaign County, Illinois, an open sewage lagoon of crime and social problems.
Here is a fine example: six men charged with DISMEMBERING THE CORPSE OF A WOMAN IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILLINOIS: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-04-28/6-charged-dismemberment-ashley-gibson-case.html
Here's one a found myself and splashed all over the internet: somebody in Champaign accused of HAVING SEX WITH AN ANIMAL:
Why aren't they more SPECIFIC about the animal? Inquiring minds want to know.
So this motivates me. Somebody bringing their sheep-loving ways (???) to my little corner of America from wherever he learned that horrible stuff, like Champaign, Illinois doesn't have enough problems already without bringing bestiality into the mix.
And if I don't splash it all over the internet, who will?
But I expect my focus to expand, possibly across the country. The blog is called "Temporary Roster Home" (emphasis on "Temporary") because when I reach a certain level of traffic, I would like to write some actual articles.
But I do not care to write into a void, or write for a tiny and periodic audience...so for now I'm building a base of traffic.
And then, one fine day, I will write articles from atop a fat base of daily traffic. Maybe. Or maybe I'll just keep doing this, because this is fun...in a tedious way.
Like lawn work. Like cracking nuts.
Crack, crack, crack. Those are your nuts.
I WILL RUN ADS IF I WANT, TAKE A HIKE
Also, please do not get confused and all self-righteous over the fact I run advertisements from services that clean up people's online record. Even though I run these ads, I do not and will not remove information for money. But if people want to pay a skilled computer tech to fluff up search results and push out positive information to balance out the negative, hey, I am happy to run those advertisements.
The information on this blog comes from official online sources, which frequently publish their own strongly-worded disclaimers about how their information may include errors. In addition to directing my readers (more like browsers) to those original disclaimers I will add this is public information and I have a right to publish it.
The mug shots were produced by government entities and therefore have no copyright.
Documents produced by the state (and counties are political subdivisions of the state) can't be copyrighted. They just can't. And nobody can tell me not to link to something which is openly upon the internet and produced by the government.
PLEASE RIP OFF MY INFO
If you see a mug shot here, you are free to use it. Please use it, so I can have more of an impact.
I don't put watermarks on mug shots and then try to claim these photos, produced with public tax dollars, have somehow become a unique and creative and copyrighted document due to the addition of a water mark like SOME websites.
LINKS, LIKE YOUR GOLDFISH, DIE
Also, I include links to the original source when available. True, it would be too much work to eliminate all the links, but this provides users a handy link to the original source.
If the link is dead...that's not my fault. Links die. The world is cruel and terrible that way.
THIS IS WHAT TRANSPARENCY LOOKS LIKE
You know who was in jail from sites like this, so quit yer bitchin'. What do you want, SECRET COURTS and SECRET JAILS?
HOW ABOUT TRY NOT LYING FOR ONCE?
Plus lying on employment applications is, in general, very bad. If information can be found easily and openly, the playing field is leveled for all...not just those who can hide their foibles and (alleged) indiscretions because of the inefficiency and incompleteness of available information.
FOR THE GREATER GOOD (AND TO VENT MY SPLEEN)
And a year of living in quiet fear comes non-dramatically to an end. I am the agent of that positive catharsis, that "living your truth."
Blessings to all, malice toward none. Information wants to be free so let it be, let it be.
(CHAMPAGNE CORK POPPING SOUND EFFECT)
And just maybe somewhere in there a creative personality who loves the internet can make a buck...maybe a "champagne lifestyle" (note spelling) is possible.