Mugshots: Press, Punishment & Privacy Concerns

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
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American gangster Al Capone's mugshot, June 17, 1931.

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Mugshots: Press, Punishment & Privacy Concerns

Guest host Marc Fisher explores the privacy concerns surrounding mug shots, and how websites are profiting from them long after a sentence is served or charges are dropped.

For decades, the press and public have used booking photos to identify crime suspects. In the past, mugshots were largely forgotten in police station and newspaper archives, but the Web has given these photos new life, often haunting those whose charges were minor or even dismissed. We explore the privacy concerns surrounding mugshots, and find out about efforts to make both federal and local mugshots public, despite a burgeoning online "mugshot racket."

Guests

Scott Ciolek

Attorney, Ciolek Ltd.

Mark Caramanica

Freedom of Information Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Stafford Shealy

Owner, Reputation Turn LLC

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