The public can now view inmates booked in Richmond County jails online.
The sheriff's new online inmate inquiry went live Nov. 19 and is accessible from the city of Augusta's Web site.
By typing the name of a person booked into the jail, or clicking on the recent bookings tab, information such as a person's charges and date of arrest is available.
Sheriff's Maj. Gene Johnson, who oversees the Richmond County Jail and the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Phinizy Road, said his office and the city's Information Technology Department have been working on the project for about a year.
He said he hopes the new site will cut down on the hundreds of inmate inquiries his office receives by phone each day.
"It will help the public, and plus it helps us," he said.
The Web site includes only current inmates and does not feature an archive search. Col. Gary Powell said the system is updated every time a person is sent to the jail.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, 1,049 people were booked into Richmond County's two jails.
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The Richmond County Sheriff's Online Inmate Inquiry can be accessed from www.augustaga.gov by clicking on the "Sheriff" tab under "Departments."