In a press release issued on July 1, 2013, the Kentucky Department of Corrections announced the launching of a new and improved version of the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system, known as KOOL. These improvements are the result of criminal justice reform legislation (House Bill 463) that the Kentucky General Assembly approved in 2011.
The old website provided basic information such as the names of inmates, conviction information, sentence lengths, photos, and parole eligibility dates. The new and enhanced version provides a lot more detail and includes information on the expected time to serve, “good-time” release date, maximum expiration … Read More
In a press release issued on June 4, 2013, the City of Portland’s Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Division announced that food service inspection reports for local restaurants and other food service providers are now available online. Providing the public with easy access to these reports is a part of the city’s continuing effort to improve its environmental health and safety programs. In addition to the inspection results, information on how to interpret the data included in the inspection report is also provided on their website.
“With Portland’s growing reputation as a foodie destination, it is important … Read More
In a press release issued on May 1, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the addition of millions of government records to the state’s new data transparency website, which launched during Sunshine Week in March of this year. The website was created in an effort to provide citizens with user-friendly, one-stop access to government data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. Information on a variety of subjects such as food safety inspections, state jobs data, daycare facilities, economic development, crime data, and medical conduct discipline records were included in the initial launch of … Read More
It was announced yesterday in the Greeley Tribune that public records from the Weld County, Colorado Clerk and Recorder’s Office are now available online. Word has apparently already spread, according to Weld County Clerk and Recorder Steve Moreno, who noted that there was just one person researching inside his office yesterday morning. This was a far cry from the long lines of oil and gas workers, property owners, title companies and attorneys typically found outside his office before it even opened. His office has been very busy scanning in the hard copy records for nearly two years, at a cost … Read More
In a press release issued on January 31, 2013, Minnesota’s Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office announced the launching of its Online Warrant Search (OWS). This web-based application was designed to allow citizens, crime victims, community members, and partner organizations to search for and view public information about people who have active Ramsey County arrest warrants.
“The Online Warrant Search should help improve community safety by providing arrest warrant information online and encouraging citizens to share knowledge with law enforcement,” said Sheriff Matt Bostrom. “An informed and engaged community is central to public safety.”
An arrest warrant calls for the immediate apprehension … Read More
If you are interested in researching your Arkansas family history, you will happy to learn that death records are now accessible online. In a press release submitted to Business Wire on December 3, 2012, the Arkansas Department of Health announced the launching of a brand new online death certificate search and ordering service. This new service makes genealogical research more convenient than ever. Previously, death certificates could only be obtained by requesting them in person at the Department of Health or by submitting a paper request form.
Death certificates from 1935 to 1961 are currently available, but in the … Read More
The Arlington National Cemetery has launched a new online database that includes over 400,000 burial records. This massive new public database, called ANC Explorer, is now available online and as a mobile application. This search tool and mobile application allows family members and the public to locate a specific gravesite, view photos of a headstone or monument, and receive detailed driving and walking directions to these locations.
Cemetery officials built this database in an effort to verify the accuracy of their records brought into question in 2010 by reports of graves with no headstones, double burials, misidentified graves and other … Read More
The City of Augusta, Georgia’s Geographic Information System Department has recently made some wonderful new updates to its online property mapping application. The updated map has been designed to make searching for property records and other features as simple as possible. Additionally, the site provides users access to several new features. One of the site’s new features include a community tool to access neighborhood-level information such flood zones, parks, hospitals, schools, solid waste pickup days, and voter information. The map also features aerial photos, parcel street maps views, and property sales records dating back as far as 2003.
In an … Read More
Residents of York County, Virginia can now track crime in their neighborhoods thanks to a new online crime map launched by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has partnered with BAIR Analytics to provide this new crime mapping program called RAIDS Online. This interactive crime mapping website allows the sheriff’s office to automatically upload crime information as it occurs providing York County residents a firsthand look at crimes occurring in their county. The service went online last week.
This program allows citizens to map criminal offenses by date, location, and time span. Crimes such as thefts, assaults, burglaries, arson, … Read More
The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has released a new coastal mapping tool that provides detailed geographic data for ocean planning, coastal development, tourism, public safety, transportation planning, and marine environmental protection. Development of this new mapping system was made possible through a partnership between the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS), SeaPlan (formerly Massachusetts Ocean Partnership), and Applied Science Associates (ASA). These organizations have worked with EEA on this project to advance ocean planning and management in Massachusetts state waters.
This interactive mapping tool, which was upgraded from … Read More