The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the County’s IT Department deserve a hefty “at-a-boy” for the web site update.
Sheriff Keith Nygren and Undersheriff Andrew Zinke are featured on the masthead of the opening web page.
For the first time, people can find who is incarcerated without making a phone call.
McHenry County Blog wrote about how behind the times McHenry County was in this respect in May of 2010.
Then, I found Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, and Winnebago Counties had internet inmate search functions.
I filed the following Freedom of Information request:
“Most of the large counties in Illinois have an Inmate Search function. Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request any documents that exist concerning McHenry County’s developing such a service to the public.”
Here’s the answer I got:
“The McHenry County Sheriff’s Corrections Division does not have any documents concerning the development of this service.”
With the exception of Federal prisoners and those considered juveniles, photos and charges for McHenry County Jail inmates can now be found over the internet.
On Thursday, they ranged from
- Jose Aguilar, jailed for aggregated robbery, to
- Matthew S. Zeis, behind bars for DUI/BAC and criminal damage to property.
Court dates and courtrooms are given.
Bond is given.
For some, the message, “SUBJECT MAY HAVE A HOLD FOR ANOTHER AGENCY,” appears.
I see that for Ramundo Vazquez, for instance.
It’s really a fountain of integrated information.
Information about those recently released is also on the web site.
Information about those on for whom ICE pays the county $85 a day is not similarly available.
All that exists is a link to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement web site.
It seems to me that one pretty much has to know what one is looking for to be able to find it.
This was rolled out two years ago.
The information provided on McHenry County prisoners is so, so much more useful.