Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Finding Information on Criminals in Shelby County
New Shelby County Clerk's JSSI Website
A new JSSI website is finally up. It has a different look and when doing a name search the user can now even enter the last name, then tab down to the first name field. That used to throw the cursor into the url of the webpage. Of course, all JSSI searches are supposed to convert the names to upper case and it will, if you tab out of the first name field. But, if you just hit enter, and you entered the first name in lowercase, you won't get the expected results because they are relying on all case conversion to be done on the front end.AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.
I don't understand why it has to be so difficult, but it apparently is. Whoever designed this website apparently doesn't use it. Wouldn't it be nice if you had a webpage where you could do a name search, which would list all the hits in a single page? That page could have the booking numbers hyperlined to the cases and the RNI numbers linked to a report on ALL arrest/booking/indictment data. It seems to me, once you have an RNI number(the number that is linked to the arrestee's fingerprints) the program should collect all the data from BOTH clerks. It doesn't though. You still have to go to the General Sessions Clerk's piece of the puzzle and then to the Criminal Court Clerk's piece.
Another little "problem" is the fact that once you do a General Sessions NAME SEARCH, and it returns a webpage with booking numbers, you can click on any of those booking numbers and you'll get the same result. You have to go all the way back and rerun the query on the name again, and make sure you don't pick the same booking number. Yep, you guessed it - AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.
Posted by John Harvey at 11/14/2006 11:21:00 PM