SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – This past legislative session, South Dakota became the 49th state to make mugshots public, but the process to request them is complicated. Neighboring states, Minnesota and Iowa, have fully public mugshots that are available, online and for free, something South Dakota won’t be doing.
“For us to get those photos for our records management — we do the exact same thing as what the public does although they do send it to us via email and snail mail,” said Rock County, Minnesota Sheriff Evan Verbrugge.
It’s the way Rock County has always done things. Mugshots are produced in Nobles County at the jail, then posted online to the inmates list. They’re widely available for the public and the press to access as soon as someone is arrested and booked.
“We’ll either get that from the jail and then distribute that appropriate or it’s put onto an inmate list on the jail website,” Verbrugge explained.
In Iowa, the mugshots are distributed the same way. Available on county jails’ websites and easily accessible to anyone who needs or wants them.
Starting Saturday in South Dakota, the process will require a little more work for law enforcement and for
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