Arrests.org is a parent website to a network for different websites throughout the United States. The original Arrests.org site was started in Florida, Florida.Arrests.org. This website was one of the original mugshot sites . It gained a lot of media attention from different news sites including a large news piece from Wired magazine. There have been reports that in 2011 the founder of the website sold the site and its asset to another group of individuals. In late 2011 and 2012 the organization started expanding their list of websites to collect mugshots from different states.
We have been removing records from the Arrests.org websites since 2010 when they first came online and have helped thousands of people remove their mugshot records. If you are listed on any of the Arrest.org websites contact us directly for a free quote and consultation.
Arrests.org Current Network of Websites consists of the below
Alabama.arrests.org – Alabama based website with records in over 5 different counties across Alabama.
Arkansas.arrests.org – Site launched at the end of 2012, has mugshot images and records from over 10 counties in Arkansas.
California.arrests.org – Currently only focused on 5 counties in California the site is slowly expanding and we predict it will be adding more records and more counties shortly.
Florida.arrests.org – This is a large website targeted at the state of Florida. We offer guaranteed removal within 24-72 hours. The site has been publishing records since 2010 and has over 6 million pages indexed in Google.
Georgia.arrests.org – This website was released in early 2012 by the operator of a Florida mugshot website, this website already has close to 1 million records on it. The website is designed in a very search engine friendly format making the records rank extremely high for individuals names.
Iowa.arrests.org – Iowa.arrests.org uses sophisticated computer technology to “scrape” mugshot photos from public websites, along with arrest information that’s been attached to that image.
Kentucky.arrests.org – Kentucky is an open record state, meaning arrests.org can easily access millions of records quickly. This site is updated daily and with a large amount of records.
Minnesota.arrests.org – One of the only sites currently in Minnesota.
NewMexico.arrests.org -Newmexico.arrests.org has set up shop in the state, hoping to prey on the public with its mix of entertainment and vigilante justice.
Oregon.arrests.org – Launched at the end of 2012, this site started with 1 county in Josephine Oregon.
Pennsylvania.Arrests.org – This site was launched in 2013 and is similar to its sister websites.
SouthCarolina.arrests.org – The website is one of the only sites to focus on South Carolina mugshot records. We offer same day removal from this website.
Tennessee.arrests.org – Tennessee.Arrests.org is a new site that is quickly gaining popularity with Tennessee residents who are conducting due diligence on individuals. The site makes background checks quick and simple because of its ease of use and accessibility, and hundreds of new arrests are listed daily.
Texas.Arrests.org – This site was launched in 2013 with an emphasis on publishing records all across the state of Texas.
Northcarolina.arrests.org – North Carolina Specific website containing records from over 10 different counties in North Carolina.
Background on Arrests.org
In terms of crime-fighting helpfulness, Arrests.org is only moderately useful, if at all. For example, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, Louisiana is the least peaceful state in the country, and Arrests.org doesn’t provide any information about criminal activity within that state. Nor does the site make it easy for users to see which people have been convicted of the crimes of which they’re accused or which people are wanted by the justice system for the crimes they’re accused of. Instead, the site makes it easy for users to mock, ridicule or otherwise humiliate those who have been arrested.
It’s easy to understand why entertainment value would trump issues of civic duty. After all, the Internet remains a reliable moneymaker, with Neilson reporting that Americans spent the equivalent of a full day online in May of 2012. Users who find a site they like, that they can interact with and feel fulfilled by, are more likely to stay for longer periods of time, and perhaps click on associated ads that keep the sites up and running. Asking people to look for criminals might not be entertaining or interesting. Allowing people to publically humiliate others, including people they know, might be an opportunity that’s too enticing to pass up.
Arrests.org seems to choose states that have open records laws. These states provide public access to online databases of photographs and arrest records, and they allow almost anyone to use this information in any way the user sees fit. Much of the push for this level of openness has come from journalists, such as a group from Nashville that have argued that, ” … one’s reputation is not a liberty or property interest protected by the constitution.” People who cannot get jobs because their online reputations have been tarnished might disagree, but the courts in many states seem to support the idea that a person’s reputation and arrest information simply cannot be considered a private and protected possession. In these states, Arrests.org is operating well within the confines of the law.
In May of 2013 the arrests.org network removed the option for people to pay to remove their mugshots. This is likely due to a law that was passed in Georgia which outlined the way mugshot sites can charge for removal.