Go to almost any convenience store in the area and you're likely to see them. It's called "Just Busted" and each week, it's loaded with mugshots--pictures of people charged with everything from D-U-I, to child sex, to assault, to trespassing, even murder. And publisher Wanda Gilham says it's very popular.
"How successful? Very successful. We run out of papers, weekly," she says.
The paper has only been in operation for a few months. William Fix, who's an advertiser in the paper, says it's had a noticeable impact on local crime. He should know. He's also a bail bondsman.
"We started with nine fugitives and by the end of 5 weeks we had all of the fugitives in custody," he says.
But attorney Jerry Summers says he doesn't like it.
"It's kinda like holding a skunk," says Summers. "You can get rid of the skunk, but you can't get rid of the smell."
Summers says people in the magazine -- some of them his clients -- have only been *accused* of a crime.
"The fact that anybody can go to the jail and get mugshots in a newspaper and sell it for a dollar. I certainly think it infringes upon the rights of the accused under the 6th amendment to have a fair trial," Summers says.
He adds, "I had one that lost a very lucrative job and their case has not been decided yet and i sincerely believe we have one good opportunity to win that case."
The paper does say, "innocent until proven guilty" right on the front page. Fix says he deals with some of the people in this magazine.
"When you look at 'Just Busted' magazine, don't judge those people. You don't know if they're innocent or guilty. it's just a picture of someone who's been arrested," says Fix.
Gilham says the purpose for their paper is clear. "The purpose of this is to help cut back on crime, save lives, families, so people can make a mistake so long as they learn from the mistake."
Just Busted says they're also expanding. Later this month, they'll be launching an edition of the paper in Memphis.