"OK Jailbirds" -Mug Shot Newspaper

"OK Jailbirds" -Mug Shot Newspaper

<font size=2>A new Oklahoma newspaper displays mug shots of everyone who is arrested each month in 46 counties...no matter how big or how small the crime may be.<br><br></font>
JAY, OK.--A new Oklahoma newspaper displays mug shots of everyone who is arrested each month in 46 counties...no matter how big or how small the crime may be.

It's the picture you hope no one ever sees, but if you live in Oklahoma and recently committed a crime no matter how big or small...chances are everyone knows your little secret.

Eddie Barnwell says he's seen the paper and recognized people in it.

And he's not the only one who reads up on local jailbirds.

You can find this paper sitting in every convenience store in 46 counties in Oklahoma including Delaware and Craig counties.

Wyatt Dunham works at this convenience store in Jay and says it's one of the top sellers in the store.

Dunham says, "People are always looking to find them. We sell about 200 or 300 a month."

He says people line up every month for the latest issue.

Dunham says, "They keep coming in asking when it's going to be here."

Dunham says some of the people in the paper come into his store quite often.

Dunham says, "I notice but try to refrain from laughing."

Mug shots of people who have yet to be convicted the crime listed....on display for the world to see.

Attorney Ken Kerr says, "The funny thing is "Jailbirds" doesn't put out a paper that says these people were dismissed or these people were found not guilty."

Kurr says although the paper is a little one sided... it's all legal since the mug shots are public record.

Kurr says, "It's all public information anyone can do it and someone just took that information and published it."

Residents say although it's causing gossip and controversy...one things for sure for some of these people listed might want to think twice before they commit another crime.

Barnwell says, "If you do the crime...thats what happens."

There's also a section in this paper titled "Deadbeat Parents" and it lists people who haven't paid their child support.

There's also a list of registered sex offenders and a section for missing children.

One of the owners of the paper says they work with most law enforcement agencies, the O.S.B.I., and even the Department of Human Services to get information that is public record.

The owner also says the paper will soon be published in Ottawa County.

They are also currently working on getting it in Missouri, Kansas, and even Arkansas.

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