Authorities said the sheriff's decision to eliminate the photos was made due to the activities of several mug shot websites that have in recent years used the sheriff's office site to mine and post photos to their website; and then charge citizens exorbitantly high fees for their removal, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
"After visiting mugshots.com myself - I saw that citizens were being charged anywhere from $399 to $1700 to remove their booking photos from just that one site - I decided that it is more than a rip-off - it is extortion," said the sheriff.
The changes to the "who's in jail" page will go live on Monday,
According to the sheriff, "A person may have to pay an exorbitant amount of money to go from site to site to remove these booking posts. A lot of these people have committed relatively minor crimes - or made a bad decision. The reposting of their booking photo isn't illegal, but charging a fee to remove it' is unconscionable, verging on blackmail and clearly taking advantage of someone's circumstances. So we are doing our part to take away their ammunition."
PCSO has allowed public access to the photographs of incarcerated subjects within the