More than 100 court records were found in plain sight earlier this week behind the Madison County Wood River Facility prompting county officials to consider changing how they dispose of the information. Some of the records dated back to 2007 and included information such as the victim's names, photographs of evidence, protection orders and explanations of why they were necessary, and personal information such as dates of birth, phone numbers, addresses, and social security numbers.
Correct protocol for the disposal of records was followed according to interim Madison County Circuit Clerk Judy Nelson, who says that a law passed earlier this year doesn't apply to records dated before January 1, 2012 or to records that are not e-filed.
County officials now say they plan to switch methods of disposal in future. The new method will include switching to a different waste hauler, disposing of records directly with the hauler and having the records removed by the hauler immediately after they are destroyed.