Real-Time Mugshots and Stats of People Arrested in Tampa Bay, FL
I’m torn about this – it’s fascinating to look at, but also incredibly wrong on so many levels. Schadenfreude at its best and worst.
Apparently, Tampa Bay provides real-time mugshots of people who were arrested in the last 24 hours in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. But beyond just a singular photo, you can click on each individual and see things like the time of arrest, the charge, the time of booking, etc.
Additionally, there’s all this sorting on the page that lets you view a 60 day archive of people arrested, broken down by county, gender, age, height, etc.
Most disturbing is that there are “permalinks” associated with each individual. That means that no matter what the outcome of their trials (innocent until proven guilty, remember), there will still be this public record of each person, lingering online.
I’m not sure what’s worse – that you can find additional information on each person at the Sheriff’s site (complete with their home address), or that banner ads appear underneath the detail view of each mugshot.
While I like the idea of accessible information and transparency (this technically prevents the police from kidnapping me and no one having any idea where I am or what happened to me), presenting the information in this manner seems a bit much.
The data breakdowns are interesting. The individual photos and charges and stories are, I’m embarassed to say, interesting. But the whole thing just feels wrong.