Times-Tribune Staff Report
The Knox County Detention Center is again using JailTracker, which allows the public to view information on the jail’s inmates.
The link is available through the jail’s website at www.knoxcountydetention.com.
At the March meeting of the Knox County Fiscal Court, Jailer Mary Hammons told magistrates that the jail was close to resuming its use of the program.
Knox ended its use of the program in October 2011 because of concerns that photos of those booked into the jail would remain even for those people found innocent of the initial charges they faced, Hammons said.
Hammons said she was told by people booked but not convicted of charges that the JailTracker information had kept them from getting jobs. She also said she worried school children might use JailTracker information to bully their schoolmates whose parents might have been at the jail.
The county’s new version of the program will also shield certain inmate information, such as Social Security numbers, to prevent identity theft, Hammons said.
In addition to allowing the public to view information about inmates at Knox County’s jail, JailTracker also provides jail management with a system for tracking other bookkeeping concerns such as inmates’ commissary money. Hammons said this aspect of the program is helpful for her staff.
The cost for JailTracker is paid by inmate commissary fees, so Hammons said no taxpayer money is used.
Both jails in Laurel and Whitley counties use the same program.