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County warrants, jail docket to debut online

March 4, 2013

CCSO Records Clerk Patty Goff reviews the law enforcement system Monday for features like online inmate information, online warrant lists and public safety alerts.

Wondering who’s gotten booked into the Clay County Jail lately?
Well, soon, folks won’t have to wonder because starting this June the public will be able to look online to see who’s been booked in and out of jail and see what they’re charged with.
But viewing inmates online is not the only new cyber feature the Clay County Sheriff’s Department is launching. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said the new website the Sheriff’s Department is developing will feature the names of individuals who owe fines and fees to Clay County Justice Court. Posting the names of individuals who have warrants is an effort, Scott said, of getting more people to pay what’s owed to the county so the county can continue to provide services to its citizens.
“Since October Clay County Justice Court has collected $32,000 in court fines and fees,” Scott said. “We’re well on our way, but we still have a lot that we need to do.”
The Clay County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the Mississippi Sheriff Association to develop the web system, which is currently being utilized in other Mississippi counties, including Jones County and Adams County.
The website, which is still in the development stages, will have a homepage that shares a little bit about Clay County and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and will have a link to the inmate roster. Aside from the inmate search and warrant list, the website will also post alerts for different things, such as if an inmate escapes and if there’s a chemical leak in town. Victims of domestic violence will be alerted once their alleged abuser bonds out of jail. The website will also include information about local sex offenders, including the physical address where the sex offenders reside.
“It’s really a nice system, and as far as public safety goes we think this is going to be fantastic,” Scott said. “There’s so much it can do. It’s just going to take a little time and everybody working together to get this done.”
The Clay County Board of Supervisors were given a final briefing Monday on the new web system and unanimously voted to enter into an agreement for the CCSD to get started with the website, which is estimated to cost $8500.
Scott said he is now working with Justice Court regarding the warrant list, removing the names of individuals who have already paid fines and individuals who are now deceased.
Those who have a past due fine or fee are encouraged to pay it in full before the website goes live in the next few months.

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