Leaf-Chronicle puts an end to daily gallery of arrest mugshots


In 2011, The Leaf-Chronicle began collecting and publishing, in an easy-to-access format, booking mugshots from the Montgomery County Jail. It was part of a national trend among journalism websites, and it built a lot of excitement as another way to drive online readership and engagement.

These mugshots have been available to the public on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office website since 2005. But The Leaf-Chronicle was able to republish them in a manner that would make them easier to click through, packaging them with other crime news in a one-stop location at TheLeafChronicle.com. 

It was a service to readers we were glad to provide, and it proved quite popular.

Six years is a lifetime in digital years, and during that time, a lot has changed: