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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Jail records coming to smartphones"

Ron Wilkins reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier:

If you need to know who’s in the Tippecanoe County Jail or who’s being released, there’s an app for that. That is, there will be soon.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office is working with Appriss to have real-time information from jail records available to the public on apps for cellphones and tablets, Sheriff Tracy Brown said.

“It will allow people to view book-in data — our arrest information. The same stuff you can see in the blotter,” Brown said.

The free app will show a suspect’s name, address, age and charges, Brown said. It will include a book-in photo of the suspect and include how much the bond is.

“It allows us to send messages out, much like we do through Nixle,” Brown said, referring to an online service used by law enforcement agencies to alert subscribers of breaking emergencies. “There is such hunger for people to have that instant information. They’re going to be better connected to what’s going on. They feel this need to know.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 12, 2012 10:23 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts