People will now be able to search for people incarcerated on at least one floor of the McHenry County Jail.
It won’t be people arrested for most crimes, however.
If a friend or acquaintance gets arrested, you’ll still have to call the jail and ask a deputy. Unlike other counties and the Illinois Department of Corrections, you can’t find them on the internet for the McHenry County Jail.
But, if you are looking for someone taken into custody and on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement floor of the McHenry County Jail, federal authorities have just rolled out a search engine.
You can find it here.
Homeland Security calls it “a concrete example of ICE’s commitment to detention reform.”
Or the person’s ICE number and country of origin.
You can’t fall up a particular detention facility like the McHenry County Jail and find a list of those held captive. I can think of uses for such information.
But, what the immigration enforcement folks have created will be helpful to those trying to find friends and relatives.