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Unknown Man's Photo Attached to Hundred's of Georgia Arrest Records Available Online

Photo attached to both men and women arrest records

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Unknown Man's Photo Attached to Hundred's of Georgia Arrest Records Available Online

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had a strange little story late last week about an unknown man's photo being associated online with hundreds of arrest records in DeKalb County, Georgia.  The AJC says that "... the same man’s photograph is posted on most inmate records for anyone booked in the jail prior to 2000."

The AJC says that the man's photo is found on arrest records for both men and woman going back to at least 1983.

The error was found by the AJC when it was searching for an inmate's picture.

The DeKalb Country sheriff says his IT staff is looking into the error, and he says it wasn't deliberate. More likely it was that this man was the first person booked in jail when the sheriff's department's web site first went up, he says.

Of course, this does beg the question of why this photo is apparently on most, but not all, inmate records prior to 2000, and why it took so long - and a newspaper - to discover it.

I surmise also that no one bothered to verify the arrest reports before making them available online, since I doubt the web site existed way back in 1983.

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