That, at least, is familiar. "One thing that hasn't changed is the bulk of your arrests are alcohol-related," Agee said.
By far the most common charge in the old files is intoxication. Many are repeat offenders.
"This guy who was born in 1878," Agee said, looking at an arrest card. "He's still drinking 80 years later." Another man, Charles Graham, picked up yet again in 1948, had an arrest record going back into the 1930s.
The arrest records also provide a glimpse into the social attitudes of the time.
Most of those arrested in the 1940s and '50s were white. In the parlance of the day, black suspects were sometimes listed as Negro and sometimes as "colored." Sometimes no reference was made to race at all.
And Agee noticed that officers listed the complexions of a huge number of suspects as "ruddy."
"I don't know what that means," he admitted.
Not everyone arrested 60 years ago was picked up for drunk driving or public intoxication.
Ronald E. Lawrence Jr., a mechanic at a local car dealership, looks oddly pleased with himself in his 1953 mug shot. His arrest record lists the charge simply as "fornication."
"I'm not sure of the circumstances," Agee said. "Maybe there was a whole ring of them. I don't know."
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