Doña Ana County

INMATE INFORMATION OFFERED ON COUNTY WEBSITE

INMATE INFORMATION OFFERED ON COUNTY WEBSITE

 

     Each day, the Doña Ana County Detention Center receives multiple, anguished calls from people asking whether friends, relatives or – in the case of attorneys – clients have been booked into the facility.

     Detention Center Administrator Chris Barela said he wanted to find a way to make jail accessibility more transparent and customer-friendly for those callers.

     To that end, he partnered earlier this year with the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department to create a new service on the county’s website where attorneys, the media and the public may instantly access all aspects of an individual’s booking information and charges except those that would compromise identity.

     “This is all public information that is constantly requested,” Barela said. “At present, we can only accommodate the calls during business hours for the administrative staff. Having the information available on the website will ease the minds of family members, make the media’s job easier and help attorneys and bond agencies better represent their clients.”

     The service allows for searches by name to show information on adult detainees currently held within the jail, as well as those who have been held for the previous 365 days from the date of the search.

     While Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information will be redacted, each inmate’s name, booking date, mug shot, arresting agency and list of charges will be available on the web service.

     The service is scheduled to go live today. To access the jail information, go to www.donaanacounty.org/detention and click on the Inmates Online tab.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.