The Snohomish County Jail in Everett, Wa., is posting on the Internet a list of everyone booked into custody over the past 24 hours. “It is a real-time look at who’s in custody, who’s been booked and who’s been released,” said jail administrator Steve Thompson, the Associated Press reports.
The site is available to the public, but was designed mostly for law enforcement agencies to cut costs. Police can use it to determine who has been jailed for crimes committed in places other than the ones where they were arrested.
The online register could help towns move more quickly in court as prosecutors and defenders learn sooner which cases are pending. “It will save scads of time,” Lynnwood police Cmdr. Don Cirino said.
The Web site is www.co.snohomish.wa.us/jail/index.htm