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tahlequahMUGS.com displays jail booking mug shots of suspects arrested and placed into jail.

Inclusion of mugs is based on established company policy.

Editorial policy

Editorial policies are guidelines by which editors can make decisions based upon predetermined parameters. They are intended to guide editors, discouraging arbitrary decisions. We carefully decided to publish every mugshot of every person booked into jail to avoid the appearance of favoritism. As such, we developed an editorial policy, which we publish here in the interest of transparency. Please note that this is a policy, and editors always exercise discretion in its application.

We will NEVER accept payment for removal of mugs. If a local site operator offers to accept payment to remove a mug, please report them immediately, because doing so is grounds for immediate termination of their contract with LeftRight Communications.

Why are our images copyrighted?

The images we publish are public record, meaning anyone has the right to get them from various law enforcement agencies. Why do our images bear a copyright logo?

The fact is, the images we receive often are not ready to publish. We crop them and adjust them to make them publishable, and that work is copyrightable. More importantly, we've gone to a lot of effort to get the photos in the first place and to set up the site to publish them, and we don't want other media outlets piggybacking off that hard work. Individual citizens are welcome to download our images for their own personal use, but republishing them is forbidden.

ODCR

As part of our service, we sometimes link to government-provided links on sites such as ODCR, which display details about court cases involving the suspects. That data is generated from district courts across the state, and it is provided by the state government under the Freedom of Information act. IMPORTANT: ODCR does not provide information as to the disposition of any case, and as such, it is often impossible to tell from that site whether the defendant has been convicted of the crimes listed. All defendants and suspects are innocent by law until they are proven guilty in a court of law, and cases on ODCR are no exception to that rule. While we are thankful to have access to the information, we do so with the caveat that the information itself is fundamentally flawed by the omission of telling the reader the disposition of the cases. We admonish our readers to not leap to assumptions based on the data from that or any other site we link to. We cannot reiterate enough that appearance on that site (or this one) is in no way an indicator of guilt. We felt it necessary to include this disclaimer because of the flaws in the ODCR system.

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We live here, too, and as such, we are committed to preserving the environment. Part of that effort is using a server that is completely powered by the wind.