Here’s an issue you may not have thought of before: Should mugshots be made freely available to the public, such as online?
People indicted on federal charges have their mugshots kept under wraps. For other crimes at the state and local level, you’ve seen the mugshots lined up row and row on the mugshot sites. You’ve also seen them here.
Mugshots provide useful information to the public. For example, suppose a Dan Smith is arrested. Is that the Dan Smith that lives down the street or some other Dan Smith? If the public has a mugshot to look at, then people know the answer. They also get to learn the race of the arrested person, although that’s sometimes clear from the name.
The Justice Department won’t budge from its position that federal mug shots of criminals should be kept…
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