Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jailbird journalism


Here’s a new trend in publishing – jailbird magazines.

Busted is published in Columbus, Ohio, and covers central Ohio, with photos of perps. They even have their own Facebook page.

Kristy Cassell recently posted to the Busted Facebook page: “My baby daddy was BUSTED last night for felony child support. PLEASE post his picture on here!!!”

Jessica Butts wondered “where can i find an old picture of myself? been in there three times lol..... and ain't ever seen the pictures?.....”

lockedupLocked-Up covers all of West Virginia.

Locked-Up is edited by Corey Fregoso with CSJ Publications. The magazine was launched in 2008 and became a runaway success with some stores selling as many as 400 copies a month.

The magazine includes sections on missing people, wanted criminals and unsolved crimes.

The information is public record once a person is arrested and booked. The publishers emphasize that a person’s picture appearing in the magazines does not necessarily mean they are guilty of a crime, just that they have been arrested.

There are similar publications in Florida and North Carolina.

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