Pueblo Sheriff Putting A Stop To Extorting Website


Officials with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office are implementing changes in order to stop a website from posting photos of Pueblo inmates and then making money off the photos.

Sheriff Kirk Taylor says photos of inmates booked into the Pueblo County Jail will no longer be posted on the sheriff’s website. Typically, a photo of the accused criminals would be posted until that person was released from jail, and then it would be removed.

An independent website called PuebloMugShots.com has been collecting those photos for nearly two years. They would keep those mug shots on their website until that person paid them $100 to have it removed.

It’s a move the Sheriff’s Office says could be considered “extortion,” and is putting policy changes in place to stop it. Photos of inmates will no longer be published on the sheriff’s website.

Those arrested and booked will still have their picture taken, but you won’t be able to see them online. You will still be able to see who is incarcerated and what charges they face.

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  • by Not a Deputy Location: County on Feb 4, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    No arrests because no laws were broken. Charging $100 to remove a photo is extortion even though a law might not say so, yet. If Pueblo Mug shots did not charge for removal and just left the photos for everyones "enjoyment," then I believe the Sheriff would not have an issue. More than likely someone of "importance" had to pay to get their mugshot removed. Reading the comments below assures me that criminals are not the only stupid members of society.
  • by Disgusted Location: cs on Feb 4, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    So, they don't arrest people who commit extortion in Pueblo?
  • by Will Location: wouldn't you like to know on Feb 4, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    Nice Rant. You sound like a smart fellow.
  • by BS on Feb 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM
    So why aren't they being charged with extortion? Come on district attorney.. How about someone take photos of the company personnel and post them on a website... How about posting their names and addresses... Let them feel the heat
  • by E on Feb 3, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    So, they Pueblo Sheriff's Office) are changing what they do, so these people can't use the pictures to make money from the criminals? Why not enforce the law instead? Or is extortion legal now?
  • by ML on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    John, just because a person is booked doesn't mean they are guilty. You must not have read the article. It clearly states: "You will still be able to see who is incarcerated and what charges they face."
  • by john Location: colorado springs on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    Protection of the criminals at its best.... Why do criminals have more rights the the average tax payer that is not a criminal? Not that I believe in extortion.... but I think "we" the non criminal tax payers have every right to see the person who is guilty of a crime wile they are in jail feeding off of our tax dollars. What happened to the days of making them work for there 3 meals, room and recreations room during there time served? Maybe the city's could afford to keep Parks cleaned, mowed etc...... but I'm sure that would be inhumane...
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