Pitt County "Jailbird"

Innocent until proven guilty is what the justice system proclaims. But if you're charged with a crime, the court of public opinion may look at you differently, especially if your face ends up in a new newspaper in the east.

People may never have seen a newspaper, quite like it. It contains pictures of all the people in the county arrested in the past week. Now for just one dollar, you can find out who in your community has been booked in the county jail.

Candid shots from the Pitt County Detention Center are compiled each week, into a newspaper called The Jailbird.

Managing editor, Brittaney Rosencrance delivers them every Wednesday to 55 different convenience stores in the county.

Three months ago, Rosencrance was hired to create the "mug mag."

For one dollar anyone one can peruse the pages and pages of local faces now facing charges.

Rosencrance said, "We get our information from courthouse from the sheriff's office it's all public record if anyone really wanted to know all they have to do is go to the courthouse and look it up."

Tonya Leggett with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office says it's helped them find people who have been wanted for months and says the success of the paper is making it easier for them to make an arrest.


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  • by Sue Location: Belford on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    check out www.zazzle.com/jailbirdz!
  • by George Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    The same information is posted on the Daily Reflector web site. If you don't want this kind of public humiliation then simply don't break the law.
  • by virginia on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    is there any other place in the USA that a trash newspaper like the jailbird paper is sold this just goes to show how dumb greenville is it want to be a big time town with a small mind .you cannot make a silk purse out of a cow ear (greenville nc)
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    Maybe all those pictures of who have been convicted and what is their sentence or punishment. Lets start looking at the courts, we know the police are doing a great job of getting them off the street but what are the courts doing to keep them off the street.
  • by mammawolf Location: greenville on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    To all those who do want to stop the Jailbird I am in all the way. My son got in trouble did his time got a job as a waiter and had worked for almost a week in comes his boss with the Jailbird and fired him at the end of the shift. It is hard enough to find a job without some trash paper helping to keep the people unemployed. How would they like to lose their jobs or homes because of the Jailbird oh now you can bet that would be a different story. Why does the crime continue in Greenville thank the Jailbird if people can't get a job because they make a mistake in their life then they will continue to commit crimes to survive. Also the Jailbird will leave you out for a fee of $200 isn't that extortion?????
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Dec 20, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    well said... not everyone that ends up in front of the camera is guilty... and why shame the innocent when they are having a bad enough time anyway.
  • by anonymous Location: Washington, NC on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    It is public information that is being put in this paper so I dont think anyone should be complaining. If you dont like your or anyone else's photo being in the paper then you or they should not break the law. I understand how it can be humiliating but I'm sure the people who have their courtdates put in the newspaper are embarrased as well ... but it is public information so there is nothing that can be done about it. Bottom line is dont break the law and you wont end up in the jailbird!!!
  • by Former PPO on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Actually they really want to help the school system out with the forfeited bonds.LOL
  • by anonymous Location: greenville on Dec 3, 2011 at 12:02 AM
    My husband will end up in this "news"paper. Two years ago he was arrested for dwi, and yes, we are aware what he did was wrong and he has said he needs to pay the price for breaking the law. What you will not read, is how he has been sober for over a year now, how he is a wonderful husband and outstanding father of two beautiful children, or how he is a hard working man who works six days a week giving 150% to provide for his family. Its not bad enough to have an addiction, and fight that addiction emotionally and physically just anyone would any disease? He is paying his debt to society through the legal system just as he should. There is no need to humiliate a person, or their family, any further through an unnecessary publication just for someones amusement. How about the innocent children that may be affected by this? Or, the fact that woman and her children don't need their address or the fact that they will possibly be alone in the home basically broadcast for the whole area to know. Before you start bashing the people in this rag, try and think about why they may have done what some of them did and who else may be affected by it, please.
  • by Jimmy Steaks on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    I like to look in the paper to see if I know anybody. People say he's making money of people's hard times, but they brought the hard times upon themselves. OF
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