Judiciary sets up a Web page in an attempt to find fugitives

These are some of the women being sought by investigators to serve out a sentence.

The Poder Judicial appears to have misplaced about 70 convicted felons. But never fear, the agency is setting up a searchable Web page to enlist aid from the public to find the individuals.

There are six women, mostly convicted of drug charges, and at least 59 men. The numbers do not add up, but the system just went online this week.

In addition to mug shots, a click will give a viewer the name of the fugitive and a second click with give a brief description of the charge. There did not appear to be any U.S. or Canadian citizens in flight.

Part of that reason is that Costa Rican judges usually put North Americans in jail for fear that they will flee. They are a little more lenient with Costa Ricans.

The Web site also points out a problem with the judicial system.

Even though someone is convicted of a serious crime, they might not be jailed until the Sala III high criminal court validates the sentence. This could take months.  Although a judge can jail someone for preventative detention after a conviction, many times this is not ordered.
The Poder Judicial said that the information on each fugitive also contains input from the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones  and the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería. The election tribunal also supervises the Registro Civil where Costa Ricans obtain their cédulas.

Some of the individuals on the site are fleeing murder convictions.

The site will be updated daily, said the Poder Judicial. The site also contains contact information for turning in a fugitive.
This includes the telephone number of the Judicial Investigating Organization, 800-8000-645, the agency’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OIJ.DENUNCIAS and its email address: cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr.

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