Our View: Mugshot bill well-intentioned, but has its problems

Being arrested for an alleged crime is one of the worst experiences a person can have. The experience is part of a situation that can forever alter the course of someone’s life. Then there’s the booking photo, a photo of someone that is taken during a low point in their life.

These booking photos, commonly known as mugshots, are the target of a bill proposing to only allow release of those images after a conviction is made or if the image’s release would assist law enforcement. These images have been a subject of debate regarding their purpose and how they can follow a person and impact their...


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