Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jailbirds: Does the magazine violate our civil rights?


This question is being presented. Does the practice of posting mugshots on the internet and magazines before a person has actually been convicted violate a person's civil rights? Research the ideas behind American Civil rights and laws that protect people and their privacy in the United States. Your answers should not be straight opinion. We want to see your reasoned judgements concerning this issue. State your source when providing facts concerning your answers to this question.

125 comments:

Sustainability said...

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Sustainability said...

No, if you commit the crime others should be warned about the crimes you have done. no matter how big or small. Whether or not your convicted you was arrested and they take mugshots as soon as you get in jail. if they book you, they take your fingerprints, mugshot and other info.
-Montana

Sustainability said...

http://www.jailbirdsonline.com/about-us
"they depict recent arrests, Sex Offenders, Wanted Persons, and other types of information they receive from law enforcement. Their purpose is to be a service to the community by making them aware of what’s going on around them". Jailbirds is a great way to check out people in community to make sure your children are going to be fine when they go to a friends or even jus to hang out. Lately, bad things have been happening to many children they are getting abducted and murdered.

Sustainability said...

To Montana,
So you are saying that by publishing the photo of non convicted felons that less children are being abducted? What if you are arrested because your friend shoplifted at the mall. You were together so they arrested you also because you got a little belligerent with the arresting officer. Your mugshot is taken as you mentioned and put in the jailbird magazine. After reviewing the store tapes they find you were actually on the other side of the store when your friend stole the item so the charges are dropped. Sadly though your boss at Wendy's sees your picture and you are fired. Also your boyfriends mother sees your picture and tells him he can no longer see you. He is respectful of his parents wishes and breaks up with you. Actually he was not so thrilled seeing your picture in the Jailbirds so it was not much of a struggle. Since you were never convicted how does that make you feel?

Sustainability said...

Mrs.Stripling,
You have a good point. never would have thought about that, but if your found not guilty they should take it off. but still, i guess if it's a REALLY bad crime then you should get on there, this is a really hard discussion, there are so many ways to to feel about this , but either way whether your boyfriend breaks up with you or you get fired , then its the law. It's their job. They have to do it. Like I said I agrree with what you say , you make very good points.

Sustainability said...

I think that it invaids peoples privacy of the convicted. Jailbirds is a .com website which means there in it for the money. I could understand if they used it upon request from school , a parent, or workplace to show proof of a clean record.

Jesse

To Mrs stripling
I also agree with you even if your with a friend and they get caught stealing your with them and get arrested too.while there is many ways to avoid stay out of trouble and you won't have any problems

Sustainability said...

I think that it invaids peoples privacy of the convicted. Jailbirds is a .com website which means there in it for the money. I could understand if they used it upon request from school , a parent, or workplace to show proof of a clean record.

Jesse

To Mrs stripling
I also agree with you even if your with a friend and they get caught stealing your with them and get arrested too.while there is many ways to avoid stay out of trouble and you won't have any problems

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To Mrs. Stripling
I agree with you, if your with a friend and they get busted for shop lifting or something and you get arrested then its wrong for your face to show up in JailBirds because its gonna hinder you from getting a job or you can get fired from your job that your working at now. When it all comes down to it, Jailbirds should not be able to post a mugshot of someone until they are completely proven guilty.

Unknown said...

tHIS PAPER IS HUMILIATING AND VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS TO PRIVACY. IF YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY WHY PUT SOMEONES PICTURE IN THE PAPER UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY OF THE CRIME. THIS IS A WAY FOR YOU TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF HUMILIATING PEOPLE.

Sustainability said...

In the United States Constitution, it states that all people, yes, ALL people are innocent until proven guilty. When a person commits a crime, or is thought to have committed it, then their photo is automatically posted on a website and published in a magizine. This clearly violates our rights as citizens of the US. However, I also believe it depends on the severity of the crime whether or not your picture will released to the public. That would have to be determined by those who convict the suspected felons. With this being said, I do believe it is right to post a picture of a criminal if he or she is proved guilty, but not if they are simply suspected of a crime, becuase it could lead to a number of negative outcomes. - Aaron Earley

To Mrs. Stripling, as you can see from my previous statement, I most definitely agree with your arguement about the people being at the scene of the crime. If someone is convicted for simply argueing with a cop or something as small as that, then it is totally unjustified for their picture to be placed in such a magizine. This can cause their life tospiral downward, leaving them in a difficult position.

Unknown said...

I believe if these people are to unresponsible to do the crime, I really don't see a problem in it. I think this should be part of their punishment.

Unknown said...

I also agree with Montana's first commit. This is a good reason, these pictures could save lives from dangerous criminals.

Unknown said...

I agree with Jesse until a certian point. But if they didn't want their privacy invaided they shouldn't do the crime.

Sustainability said...

I believe that if you are taken away in handcuffs, then you have done something wrong, but I also believe that if you haven't been proven guilty, then your picture should not be placed in jailbirds.

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To Ivey,
Your comment does not really tell me if you think they should be convicted or not when their picture is posted.
Ms. Stripling

Sustainability said...

To everyone
You need check your spelling and grammar before posting. The whole world can read this.
Ms. Stripling

Sustainability said...

I most definitely think that a mugshot can violate a persons civil rights. What if you had nothing to do with the crime that was committed and you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time...? Now, the person who actually committed the crime, and your mugshot is posted in the Jailbird Magazine. Even though the charges are dropped against you. Your mugshot still remains in the magazine. You could lose your job if you have one at the time, and if not. It could possibly ruin your chances for any career that you might have in the future.

- Monica Landrum

Sustainability said...

I strongly agree with Bronson. I think that he made a good point. He said that "Jailbirds should not be able to post a mugshot of someone until they are completely proven guilty." This makes much since, because if your mugshot is put in the Jailbirds Magazine it could hinder you from many different things in your future.

- Monica Landrum

Unknown said...

I don't believe that they should be able to post pictures of people mugshots before they were convicted, unless it was like a DUI or something like that, because they might not be quilty. If someone has a babysitter and their sitter was falsey accused it could ruin their life. And some people don't have all that money to remove their picture.
-Shea

Unknown said...

I agree with Monica because this does violate a persons civil rights. You shouldn't be put in the jail birds for the whole world to see if your not guilty.
-Shea

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Sustainability said...

Destinee Amin:
I agree with Monica and Bronson 100%. On average, 10,000 innocent people are convicted wrongly each year. I believe that after the person is found guilty of the charges that Jailbirds should be able to release the picture to the public to warn the citizens of the area.

Sustainability said...

Destinee Amin:
I agree with Aaron to a certain extent. I believe that all people are innocent until proven guilty, however, I think that it doesn't matter what crime they are accused of committing. They are still innocent until the verdict is made that he/she is guilty.

Sustainability said...

Destinee Amin:
The phrase "innocent until proven guilty" means the legal concept that the guilt of an accused person cannot be presumed and that they must be assumed to be innocent until proven otherwise. (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/innocent-until-proven-guilty.html)
With that in mind, I believe that the magazine Jailbirds does violate the civil rights of everyone whose picture was printed. The mugshots are those of everyone who were arrested, but NOT found guilty! For instance, the man in this article is just a suspect in this case. He is forever effected by this. He could have nothing at all to do with this murder and robbery, but he will always have his mugshot in Jailbirds and on the Jailbirds website. (http://www.jailbirdsonline.com/arrested/one-suspect-dead-one-in-custody-after-armed-robbery.htm)
This doesn't just apply to this man, but to the many others that are exposed to the public through Jailbirds. Especially to the people who were found innocent or the charges were dropped. They could lose jobs and never get another one. Jailbirds definitely violates the civil rights of each and every person who was arrested and put in the magazine.

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Unknown said...

People should not post the it until that person has found guilty. Nowadays, internet spread things that most of it are not the truth even not exist. People just tend to follow the crowd keep posting issues without thinking. Sometimes, after someone has arrested although he hasn't found guilty, people post this thing and this may cause the "justice" inside of people that push them to dig out everything about the suspect. This kind of internet research will ruin not just the suspect's life but also the life of people around him. A lot of people especially young people suicided because of the pressure form the internet, maybe they have nothing to do with the crime. ---Christy

Sustainability said...

This argument works both ways in my opinion. A mug shot for certain people is to let the community know who they surround themselves with and what's going on. For instance if I have a neighbor who did something and went to jail I would like to know who. But also some mug shots are for somebody who did nothing just was in the wrong place and the wrong time , and I wouldn't like for everybody to see a mug shot of me for a misunderstand. I highly recommend you to get permission if its your first time getting a mug shot and if you want it up. The law states your not guilty until proven , well until your proven you did what they accuse you off then they should put it your mug shot. It has it advantages and disadvantages and go both ways and different views. -Ravyn

Sustainability said...

The argument is very clear. Mug shots are used to allow people to see those who have been victimized. I do believe that for a person to be victimized they must be proven guilty. These people having mug shots displayed have not been proven guilty. They should prove them guilty before anything else is done then publicly announce it. _ Hannah

Sustainability said...

Personally, I can't decide how I stand on this. I understand why some people want to see other people's mug shots. If I were an adult and had a family, I'd like to know if anyone that I associate with may one day hurt me or my family. On the other hand, not everyone in the mug shots were/are convicted. That means their lives were ruined because someone posted or shared their mug shot before hearing a verdict.-Kendal

Sustainability said...

In my opinion, I don't think people should post mug shots of other people; It's an invasion of privacy. I understand that people in the community would want to be aware of possible criminals, but just because they have a mug shot, doesn't mean that they did something. They could have been unaware of what was going to happen. -Maritza

Sustainability said...

I believe that we shouldn't be allowed to see a persons mug shot unless they are convicted because it is unfair for everyone to be able to see you mugshot if you did nothing wrong or if your not convicted. people are arrested for things they didn't do and then there mugshot gets put out and when everone sees it there reputation is ruined

Sustainability said...

I believe that a person's mugshot should only be shown in Jailbirds or similar materials depending on if they have been convicted and what there charge is. For example if someone is caught with illegal substances then their mugshot should be shown but, if someone is arrested for something they didn't do then they should wait until that person is fully convicted through a trial with a jury of peers -Dj

Stealmysunshine? said...

It violates the 4th Amendment to the constitution of course it violates anyone's rights! Yes the paper has the right to free speech but the mugshots shouldn't be in their possession! The people haven't even had their day in court.

Stealmysunshine? said...

It violates the 4th Amendment to the constitution of course it violates anyone's rights! Yes the paper has the right to free speech but the mugshots shouldn't be in their possession! The people haven't even had their day in court.

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Jail Birds should not be able to post innocent people mugshot before they even go to court or anything. The 4th Amendment states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized". Also they should not be able to charge people to take their picture down if they are innocent because it goes against the 4th Amendment.

Unknown said...

I think that it does violate civil rights. A person shouldn't be made into a criminal until after they are convicted. And by posting a picture of someone online, it is invading that persons life. But then again, if you are arrested then there is a reason you got arrested. If you weren't doing the wrong thing at the wrong time then you wouldn't have been in trouble.

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Unknown said...


I think it does violate a person's rights. I asked my uncle who is an officer about how he felt about the situation. He stated " people commit crimes all the time but sometimes people catch the wrong people. I think that the newspaper is a way to warn people of these criminals when they have been found guilty". So then i asked him if he thought it was reasonable for someone to have to pay 500$ to get their picture taking out of that paper. His response was " I think the innocent should be able to have their pictures removed for free". The people that get arrested did not give consent to have their picture uploaded or printed so why should they be blackmailed to pay

Unknown said...

It does violate our civil rights. Civil rights violation refers to an offense that occurs as a result of the use of force or the threat of force by the offender against a victim. When a person's mugshot is posted it does violate their civil rights because most people such as Police Officers always have a preconceived bias of people many black people get shot or always thrown in jail just because of their race and they always seem to think that they are the only people who do anything wrong. We always see black people who are accused of doing wrong things but it is rarely ever that you see Cops who shoot white people because of their race

Unknown said...

I agree with these comments. It does violate our civil rights. I don't understand why black people are always judged. It isn't right. When someone is arrested and they have to get a mugshot taken it shouldn't be out in media until they are proven guilty because then people automatically judge them when they get out. People who get arrested should have the right to say no to having their mugshot taken. People who get arrested are innocent most of the time and it isn't fair when their picture is blasted all over social media.

Unknown said...

I believe that it does violate our civil rights. Civil rights are the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. Most of the people in the jailbirds are innocent, they haven't been proven guilty yet and they post their mugshots when being arrested. Any and everyone will see their picture and they could be innocent but to other people's view they are bad and a criminal just because they got arrested not knowing if they did or didn't commit the crime. I think they should only be in the jailbirds if they are absolutely positive the person is guilty.

Unknown said...

Your online reputation lasts forever — whether positive or negative. Embarrassing comments and photos can resurface. Even criminal records like arrest information and public mugshots can be accessed and exploited online. Mugshot removal websites have built a business around displaying arrest records and demanding payment to delete the photos. However, victims now have many options to remove these damaging images from Google. no one shouldn't be posted untill they are found guilty

Unknown said...

I do not think that jailbirds is a violation of people's rights because when someone is arrested that is public record even if they have not been convicted. On one hand you can argue what if later they are found to be innocent and their picture is put on a website for everyone to see, but you also have to think, what if they didn't? What if the spartanburg county officers arrested someone with nothing but mistaken identification ,which is the leading cause of wrongful convictions. Yes they have their one phone call but what happens when the person you call doesn't want to come get you out/ doesn't want to get involved. You end up sitting in jail without a hope of someone knowing your there. Then again, that's if they are convicted, what if you arent and you are there as an innocent party or there because you happened to be at the wrong place wrong time and get your mugshot taken and put on the website. If you were innocent they have ways of getting rid of the charge from your record.

Unknown said...

Booking records, including mugshots, are considered and legally recognized as public records, in the public domain. Because they are in the public domain, you are free to post them.

Unknown said...

Well its not right at all I mean you have really famous people that have a lot of money that if they are arrested they will put their mugshots no matter who you are they will put it up their. And you have to think if people don't know about your mugshot up their but one person does they can take advantage of that and blackmail you into giving your money on keeping quiet but if you don't care it won't matter just be honest at that point if you don't care.

Unknown said...

Aleiyha Crittenden
I believe that no one’s mugshot should be uploaded online until the suspect has been found guilty . It could ruin lives of many people especially those who are found innocent . If someone wants a job and are found innocent and their picture is already posted on the internet then they more than likely are not going to be able to get that job . When doing this online it is protected by the First Amendment “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” Even though this act is protected by the First Amendment it is a violation of our civil rights . Your posting a picture of someone without their consent which is definitely not okay .

Unknown said...

i think it is good to have your mugshot because what if that person is dangerous and has escaped, but i think the mugshots should not be posted until proven guilty. many people are innocent and then gets made fun of because of the mugshot.

Unknown said...

Hunxho
I think it isn't right that they put your mugshot out before you are convicted . If people got theirs posted for a murder and thy end up getting found innocent everyone is going to look at them differently because of their mugshot.

Unknown said...

In the state of south Carolina once you are arrested and booked in jail, you then have no say so in anything that happens to you,they can post any image of you to the internet and there is nothing you can do about it. Travis Harris

Unknown said...

Although it is legal,I feel that it is wrong to post a mugshot of someone who hasn't been convicted mainly because you may or may not have actually committed the crime. The posting of mugshots is protected by the first amendment stating that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -Chiana

https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/what-rights-do-people-have-to-their-own-mug-shots-online

Unknown said...

To me i thibk its stupid.cuas its not right to put innocent people mugshots online espacilly if there not even convicted yet .it dose violate our civil right. A person shouldnt be made as a criminal if they aint convicted

Unknown said...

Constitutioncenter.org

Unknown said...

i dont think they should post them because if you didnt do it people still think that you did do it but you didnt

Unknown said...

Eric ummmm I don't think it's right to post mugshots but I think it's for they system to know who they have booked and it public

Unknown said...

In South Carolina, you have no say so in what happens with your mugshot. Mugshots can help find people when they have absconded, or warn people when someone is out and dangerous. So there is a good reason to share some mugshots. In the United States, arrest records are not released before a finding of guilt. I think its good that we have mugshot-Heather Belcher
https://www.quora.com/In-the-US-why-are-mugshots-made-public-before-the-suspect-is-convicted-by-the-court

Unknown said...

I am speaking from personal experience here, I believe it should be right to post the mug shots as it has ruined the lives of my parents.
-Edward B.

Unknown said...

if people really think whatever people on the internet is true a lot of people are wrong but its best to look into it just to make sure. Just don't walk up to someone and confront them about whatever is on jailbirds.

Unknown said...

Fernando- I think that that is wrong and that nobody should do that because you can do nothing wrong but be treated differently forever just because you are in a mugshot. These actions are protected by the first amendment which states "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech."

Unknown said...

Siarra Staines
I believe that putting someones mugshots up before they are convicted is wrong and can damage their reputation also limited their choices and opportunities in life.In florida the federal government is under no obligation to release mugshots of accused criminals under the Freedom of Information Act, even though many states and localities routinely make such booking photos public, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/02/court-ruling-keeps-federal-mugshots-secret-115210

Unknown said...

January 17, 2019 at 3:41 PM
Aleiyha Crittenden responding : When did just black people come into this ? We are not the only people with their mugshots online . It's literally every race not a specific one, anyways I absolutely agree with the rest of you comment . People who get arrested should have their on say so on rather they want their mugshot online or not . It's just really not fair at all and it violates our civil rights .

Unknown said...

The mugshots should't be put up if they aren't guilty if they are then put it up but if not than no.

Unknown said...

August 28, 2019 6:24 am
I agree
-Chiana

Unknown said...

Siarra Staines

I agree
-Chiana

Unknown said...

Florida is famous for among other things most states and the federal government have laws that provide access to non-confidential document. But i don’t think its ok if they publish your mugshot before being guilty because what if they haven't done anything wrong but its already up there.

Unknown said...

Hey Hunxho I agree with you because you make some good points and we are on the same side and agree with each other

Unknown said...

hey Sierra Staines I agree with the points you made and agree that it is wrong to post someones mugshots up before knowing if they are innocent or guilty.

Unknown said...

Seth Gottschalk

I think that the practice of posting mugshots on the internet before the person is convicted of the crimes they did or didn't commit is wrong. I think it violates our civil rights as people of this country. “Mugshots are posted in two ways: they are either published by the police department, or released to private entities upon request.” says Christopher Coble, Esq. [ Retrieved from https://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2015/10/is-it-legal-to-publish-mugshots-before-a-guilty-verdict.html]. Freedom of the press should not override a citizen’s personal freedoms or rights. According to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11, a person is innocent until proven guilty. A mugshot makes a person look guilty even though they might be innocent.

Unknown said...

Drew Williams

I think it is wrong to post the picture. The fact that picture is there makes a person who is potentially innocent look like a criminal which is wrong. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and I think it violates that right.

Unknown said...

Alisha Graham
I think posting peoples mug shots online before they are convicted, should not be allowed. It could ruin their reputation. It could cause people to loose close friends, family possibly loose their jobs.

Unknown said...

I believe that no one mugshot but me posted online until the suspect is found guilty.It could really ruin their life especially many of those who are found innocent. If someone was looking for a job and they look and search their name up if probably wouldn't get the job. But just because mugshots are a public record doesn't necessarily mean they get published. Mugshots are published in two ways: they are either published by the police department, or released to private entities upon request. And there are potential problems with either scenario, especially when it comes to publishing mugshots online.
Jamekia Evans

Unknown said...

In my opinion, it is wrong to post a persons mugshot until they are proven guilty. That could gives people a bad image and change that persons reputation.

"Obviously, once something is on the Internet it's nearly impossible to get it off, and in the day and age of employers googling potential hires, this can be a problem. Police departments and officers could abuse the arrest process to harass or shame an innocent person. And, worse, private mugshot companies can publish mugshots and then charge people to take them down."

https://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2015/10/is-it-legal-to-publish-mugshots-before-a-guilty-verdict.html

Usir Barnes

Unknown said...

Anna Price
I believe it does violate someones rights, if you post someones mugshot up online everyone can see it, meaning word gets around before they are even convicted but now everyone thinks bad or some type of way about this person whether they were innocent or not. "Mugshot websites that show up in these searches can cause a lot of hassle and heartache for people whose photos are posted."
https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/are-mug-shot-websites-legal.html

Dakota Bishop said...

Dakota Bishop
I think your mugshots shouldn't be posted before convicted. It will ruin your reputation, your job, and your future plans. They can ruin your career immediately. Mugshots can even ruin friendship even if you are innocent.https://removemymugshot.org/57-6-ways-mugshots-can-ruin-your-life/

Dakota Bishop said...

Dakota Bishop
I think your mugshots shouldn't be posted before convicted. It will ruin your reputation, your job, and your future plans. They can ruin your career immediately. Mugshots can even ruin friendship even if you are innocent.https://removemymugshot.org/57-6-ways-mugshots-can-ruin-your-life/

Unknown said...

I think in some cases mugshots can be a positive thing but they're also harmful. If the person has been convicted or not it can still harm them and destroy their lives. One example of this is Gregory Rakoczy, who was labeled as a felon on the run due to a mistake his firm made. He did what was necessary to fix the mistake and served 5 years probation, but 15 years later he's still labeled as a felon on the run. Because of this, he struggles to live his life and even says, "'I’m an old school New Yorker, so every time I am introduced to somebody I say my own name. But then I think ‘oh crap, I’m going to get a knock on my door in 24 hours’" (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/12/mugshot-exploitation-websites-arrests-shame).
Morgan Ryan

Unknown said...

I think that its wrong to put their mugshot up if their not guilty because it ruins peoples reputation and how other people views that person. Also Once on the web, however, the photographs can be copied and redistributed by other sites, and individuals who had charges dropped or were found not guilty can find it difficult to repair their online reputations.

Crabbe

Unknown said...

I believe that it does violate your civil rights because having their picture blasted on the internet could ruin so many opportunities for them in the future. "This isn’t just embarrassing; it can ruin your life. Employers, banks, colleges and landlords undoubtedly check their clients, students, partners and employees using these systems. These services will often reject even people who were only held, but not indicted of any crime." https://birdinflight.com/world/the-internet-ruins-lives-who-makes-money-off-mugshots.html
Brianna Bennett

Unknown said...

I think that putting someones mugshot online before being convicted is a violation of civil rights. Especially without their consent to do so first. But according to constitutioncenter.org, "The posting of mug shots is protected by the First Amendment, which states that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech."


Chancelor Garner

Unknown said...

i don't think that they should post mugshots of innocent people. a mugshot alone can damage anybody's lives."They will end your career if seen by a Manager, Boss, or Coworker".https://removemymugshot.org/57-6-ways-mugshots-can-ruin-your-life/

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

I feel as if mugshots can be a violating thing if the person didn't do the crime and the charges were dropped. mugshots for innocent people are damaging to their lives. loss of respect, friends, and a difference in your normal life can happen after your community family and friends see a mugshot of your face on a newspaper or website. "Having a booking photo doesn't make you a criminal. But mugshots have become a kind of visual shorthand for actions nobody wants to be permanently associated with."
https://psmag.com/economics/mugshot-websites-exploit-guilty-innocent-71452

Unknown said...

its not okay to put these people on the internet

Unknown said...

i think mugshots shouldn't be a thing because it can hurt people and their family even though it's not illegal i think there should be a law to stop posting mugshots unless they are proven guilty because if they are innocent they shouldn't have the right to post it even as a public record. lexus wyatt

Preston Mejia said...

Posting someone's mugshot its just not right because its violating there rights and if innocent people will still view you as guilty because they found your picture of you being convicted. It is wrong to to do this according to Debbie Jo Lashaway because theses websites for jailbirds are not news outlets and therefore not exempt to the publicity laws they are violating by making money off of these pictures. Just because you pay these people to take your picture off their website, thousands of people can screenshot and share it so just paying them doesn't get your name in the clear. https://petapixel.com/2013/01/02/mugshot-websites-sued-for-violating-peoples-right-to-publicity/

Unknown said...

i believe that mugshots are not necessary. because one picture can really mess someone up especially if your still in school or a coworker could see it and could ruin your life

Unknown said...

Benjamin hill said.........
I most definitely think that a mugshot can violate a persons civil rights. Honestly if you were minding your own business and were just in the wrong place at the wrong time you get arrested. Now, the person who actually committed the crime, and your mugshot is posted in the Jailbird Magazine. Even though the charges are dropped against you, your mugshot will stay and always keep bias thoughts against you. You could lose your job if you have one at the time. It could possibly ruin your chances for any career that you might have in the future."They will end your career if seen by a Manager, Boss, or Coworker".https://removemymugshot.org/57-6-ways-mugshots-can-ruin-your-life/

Unknown said...

i think that they shouldn't post mugshots of innocent people because it embarrasses people and colleges can see them. People will also think different of them when they see their mugshot posted. "The posting of mug shots is protected by the First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.”" (https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/what-rights-do-people-have-to-their-own-mug-shots-online)


Brittany Bautista

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COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) – Alleged bank robbers don’t normally smile for the camera as they are leaving the lobby with a bag full of cash.

But that’s what police say 26-year-old Dontrell Scott did Tuesday afternoon as he walked out of the SunTrust Bank in downtown Columbus.

It isn’t the first time Scott has had his picture taken.

A search of the Muscogee County Jail mugshot database shows that Scott has been arrested in Columbus at least 15 times between 2012 and 2019. The charges range from driving without a license to forgery to prostitution. by jesus

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When you post someone's mugshot it's just not your right to gossip about it, and continue to make them look like a bad person."Eventually, all seven kids would die—cause of death: poison.Despite no physical evidence tying James to the murder, he was convicted of all seven deaths and sentenced to die. Throughout the years, Bessie Reece confessed to the murders several times; the inmate who claimed Richardson confessed recanted his story, claiming he had been offered a lighter sentence to corroborate; and attorney and author Mark Lane took up the case and presented compelling evidence to his client’s innocence. Despite all of this, it took nearly 22 years to get the case retried—but Richardson was finally freed at age 53."

https://www.criminalelement.com/5-of-the-worst-wrongful-convictions/

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In my opinion your mugshot should not be posted until you are proven guilty because if you are found to be innocent this will stay with you for the rest of your life. For example Tim masters when he was 15 years old he was walking to school and came across the dead body of Peggy hettrick. He did not tell anyone and people began suspecting that he killed her. He got out because a DNA test found a differant victum

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House Bill 14-1407 requires commercial websites that charges a fee to remove people's mugshots or other identifying information to remove that information for free if the person was found innocent of the crime for which they were arrested. I do not think it is right to post innocent peoples mugshot because it can ruin their lives.

Nathan Morris

Link->https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mug_shot_publishing_industry

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When you post someone's mugshot it's just not your right to gossip about it, and continue to make them look like a bad person."Eventually, all seven kids would die—cause of death: poison.Despite no physical evidence tying James to the murder, he was convicted of all seven deaths and sentenced to die. Throughout the years, Bessie Reece confessed to the murders several times; the inmate who claimed Richardson confessed recanted his story, claiming he had been offered a lighter sentence to corroborate; and attorney and author Mark Lane took up the case and presented compelling evidence to his client’s innocence. Despite all of this, it took nearly 22 years to get the case retried—but Richardson was finally freed at age 53."

https://www.criminalelement.com/5-of-the-worst-wrongful-convictions/
Nicholas Lamb

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"Gregory Rakoczy was asleep in his van at a Maryland campsite when six police officers knocked on his door. A fellow camper had Googled his name and found a mugshot indicating he was a felon on the run. He was not." “They told me it was $399 for every charge,” he said. He refused and the mugshot has haunted him ever since. In this article, the author is very much against it because he explains that after years the photo was still up and it haunted him, even after he paid the money, his photo was still up. I personally dont think it's a good idea to have photos put up of you when your'e innocent because it can affect your jobs in the future and everybody's opinion on you. This shouldn't be a thing.

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I agree with Aaron to a certain extent. I believe that all people are innocent until proven guilty,I think that it doesn't matter what crime they are accused of committing. They are still innocent until the verdict is made that he/she is guilty.

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I agree with Aaron to a certain extent. I believe that all people are innocent until proven guilty,I think that it doesn't matter what crime they are accused of committing. They are still innocent until the verdict is made that he/she is guilty.

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I beleive that someone posting ur mugshot before you are convicted ia a violation of our civil rights. Because it does effect you because once people see that mugshot even if u were innocent they will judge your every move. And just because of that one mugshot you might not even be able to get a job. And in this quote from a website supports thatvit could ruin your life "Each had their lives up-ended because their mugshots were posted online, pre-trial, without any consideration for their well-being or innocence".
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-immoral-addiction-the-media-profits-handsomely-from/

Emily D

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If a mugshot of someone is posted to the public then it is setting out a certain image, that this person is a criminal and has done something illegal and they are most of the time looked down on because of that mugshot. My opinion is that mugshots shouldn't be posted until the suspect is proven guilty because they can ruin the image of innocent people.According to constitutioncenter.org mugshots are a matter of public record, and can be show upon request. Also according to theguardian.com a man named Gregory was arrested because people thought he was a felon on the run. This happened because someone near him googled his name and a mugshot of him was still posted from a trial that he was proven innocent in. Gregory said that the mugshot has haunted him every since and his rights have been somewhat taken from him because it has humiliated him, damaged his chance of finding a job, buying a house, and even meeting new people because of the mugshot. -Halie Coxey

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In my opinion, posting someone's mugshot before they're convicted of a crime is a breach of personal privacy. Danielle Dirks, who works in the department of sociology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, says " In my interviews with over 60 individuals across the U.S. who have had their mug shots posted online by third party websites, I have found that the large majority has been devastated—personally, socially, fiscally—by this information being posted. In the short term, they are mortified by what they perceive as a major privacy violation, they are angry that individuals are capitalizing on their mistakes, and they live in fear that their loved ones or employers will happen upon the information." With this information, we can see that the mugshots negatively effect those people. Whether they've been charged or not. Danielle Dirks also states that "In the long term, many of the individuals I interviewed were effectively removed from the labor market or marginalized from their jobs and careers, given the sheer number of employers who routinely scour the Internet when hiring." Posting mugshots is effecting so many people. It's very obvious that it's a breach in personal privacy and is taking a toll not only in their ability to get a job, but effecting their relationships with their families as well. https://thesocietypages.org/roundtables/mugshots/
Abigail A.

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Mugshots are more than just a picture it can change alot in your life from making it harder to find a job and it being posted everywhere. having such big change in someones life from just being a photo. at least shouldn't be posted till proven guilty and only on the police system until being proven guilty. Then can be put on jailbirds b/c according to the national consitution center The posting of mugshots is protected by the first amendment. whitch states congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech making it not a violation of are civil rights. even though you can pay a fee to get it removed shouldn't be be posted on their till guilty. becouse once it posted it goes everywhere and everybody has it and that shouldn't happen to someone that wasn't never even guilty or deserved such powerful picture posted.

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My opinion on posting people's mugshots before they're convicted of the crime. Isn't right it gives others the wrong impression.

"Our legal system requires openness as per the federal constitution, and I imagine most if not all state constitutions. As such, this sort of information is not considered private and can be shared. Any effort to keep mugshots private would result in lawsuits by the press and lay people. This would be under the First and Sixth Amendments as well as the various Freedom of Information Acts. However, in 2016 a federal court ruled that federal mugshots are no longer routinely available under the federal FOIA."
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/551252/ -- Brandon Jones

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i don't think that they should post mugshots of innocent people. Raymond Davis

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If someone's mugshot is posted before they are convicted of a crime, it is a breach of personal privacy. I don't think it is right for someone's mugshot to be posted because it is setting out a certain image of that person for the world to see even if they didn't commit the crime or if it is also a less serious crime. Sheena Foley from South Burlington, Vt. was stunned after she got a traffic violation because she had rolled through a stop sign while driving without a current license, she said, led not just to an arrest but to public embarrassment as well. The police department led to then posting her booking photograph on their Facebook page. Foley stated, “I actually felt like I was a murderer or selling drugs or something. Are they doing this because they think if they put your picture up you won’t do it again?” It is very embarrassing and humiliating for people to have their picture posted for something that they didn't do or a crime that was not serious that could ruin their chance in getting a job or a chance of ruining their reputation.
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/after-arrests-quandary-for-police-on-posting-booking-photos.html
Ali Blackwell

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In my opinion your mugshot should not be posted until you are proven guilty because if you are found to be innocent this will stay with you for the rest of your life. For example Tim masters when he was 15 years old he was walking to school and came across the dead body of Peggy hettrick. He did not tell anyone and people began suspecting that he killed her. He got out because a DNA test found a different victim
Clayton Smith

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I feel as if mugshots can be a violating thing if the person didn't do the crime and the charges were dropped. mugshots for innocent people are damaging to their lives. -----Hayley D

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i think they shouldn't pot mugshots of people until they are proven innocent or guilty. a mugshot could ruin anyones reputation weather it was for anything bad or something not as bad. Kayley Thrift.

Jaeden-- said...

I think Mug shots aren't that bad as some people look at it as "just a picture" but others see it as a criminal in the making or just a bad person. If a person was found guilty and their mug shot still got out, it can destroy your reputation and mostly your career. One example is R Kelly who was and still is considered one of the best R&B singers of all time but is now facing loss of reputation, music career and personal relationship problems because of a case that was brought back up 10 years later. In July, R. Kelly's alleged sexual misdeeds returned to the headlines, after a Buzzfeed News story claimed R. Kelly lures women into "cult"-like sexual relationships. The singer "unequivocally denied" the allegations via his lawyer Linda Mensch. Jerhonda Pace, who had history with who claimed she was sexually involved with the R&B superstar when she was 16. According to sources, there was a video of R Kelly allegedly peeing on a 15 year old girl in his studio and not only did the court see it, it also got leaked. After this case, R Kelly was suprisingly proven innocent from over 5 counts of sexual abuse.

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former principle coach Greene was arrested for DUI and lost his job because of the mugshot and the information that was released before his conviction. he was later found not guilty but the damage was already done. https://www.wspa.com/news/dash-cam-of-fmr-upstate-asst-principal-dui-arrest-released/

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Mugshots should not be posted unless the person is found guilty. Even then i believe there should be some sort of scale to determine if the mugshot is posted based on the severity of the crime. It isn't the business of the public if it does not put them in danger. For example, if someone goes to jail for a warrant issued because of past due child support or failure to appear in court, I don't think their mugshot should be posted because that isn't something that concerns the public. However if someone goes to jail for murder, the public has every right to know AFTER the person is found guilty.

"Everyone who gets arrested gets a booking photo—including those who are innocent of the crime they’ve been suspected of. A mugshot isn’t a guilty verdict; it’s just one part of an administrative process. Unfortunately, it’s easy to look at a picture of someone holding a booking number and wearing a frown and think of them as a criminal."
Source: https://psmag.com/economics/mugshot-websites-exploit-guilty-innocent-71452

-Bethany Arledge

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I believe that posting someones mugshot is what should be done after someone gets arrested. The people need to be informed on what i going on around them. I don't think that it is right to depry the public the information that they have the right to know. For decades it has always been this way and changing the rules bow wouldn't be fair to anyone. Yes, it may hurt the person in the future. Weather it be a future job or a house hunt or anything that is important where your past life is involved. But, in my opinion if that person didn't put themselves in that situation to begin with then they wouldn't have to worry about those situations such as those scenarios and worry about what people are gonna think about them. According to Chris Corollas article "journalists and some libertarians are opposed to such measures, calling them an infringement on the publics right to know what the government is doing." This is basically saying that if you believe that public mugshots are invading your privacy and that it is wrong you are also saying that it is okay to take away are right to know what the government is doing. You are saying one thing is right and the other is wrong and that is not how things work in the real world. It is healthy to know what we need to be looking out for. The world is a dangerous.Mugshots being public is a great thing. A thing no one should want to get rid of.

- Alyssa Robinson

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In my opinion i think they shouldn't be posting mugshot's when the person get's arrested why well what if they get arrested and they put up they mugshot and later on that day that person was found innocent well they just posted the mugshot and now everyone is gonna see it and it's going to make the person look bad even though they were found non guilty now if they know the person did it then it's okay to post it i think it's better to find more evidence and then if there guilty they should post it.
- juan ventura
https://birdinflight.com/world/the-internet-ruins-lives-who-makes-money-off-mugshots.html

Zander Kirkland said...

To Alyssa Robinson,
I am curious. You felt that people should not put themselves into situations that could get them arrested so they deserve to have their mugshots posted even if they are found innocent. What if it were you.....think about Rashad in the story we are reading? Did he place himself into a situation where he deserved to be arrested?
Dr. Ezell

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In my opinion your mugshot should not be posted until you are proven guilty because if you are found to be innocent this will stay with you for the rest of your life. For example Tim masters when he was 15 years old he was walking to school and came across the dead body of Peggy hettrick. He did not tell anyone and people began suspecting that he killed her. He got out because a DNA test found a differant victim
-Braden Hornsby

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Mugshots are more than just a picture it can change alot in your life from making it harder to find a job and it being posted everywhere. having such big change in someones life from just being a photo. at least shouldn't be posted till proven guilty and only on the police system until being proven guilty. Then can be put on jailbirds b/c according to the national consitution center The posting of mugshots is protected by the first amendment. whitch states congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech making it not a violation of are civil rights. even though you can pay a fee to get it removed shouldn't be be posted on their till guilty. becouse once it posted it goes everywhere and everybody has it and that shouldn't happen to someone that wasn't never even guilty or deserved such powerful picture posted. https://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2015/10/is-it-legal-to-publish-mugshots-before-a-guilty-verdict.html
Ford Thomas

seth brown said...

seth-former principle coach Greene was arrested for DUI and lost his job because of the mugshot and the information that was released before his conviction. he was later found not guilty but the damage was already done. https://www.wspa.com/news/dash-cam-of-fmr-upstate-asst-principal-dui-arrest-released/

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Joey Dery -
Mugshots are posted in newspapers, online, and in many more places. The post of someones mugshot should not be allowed, until they are proven guilty. Lets say you are accused of stealing something, and you never did. Then you get arrested and all of your friends and family see it, wouldn't you feel bad ? Mugshots should not be posted until it is proven that you have committed a crime, or they shouldn't be posted at all.

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Mugshots is a basic profile picture but its the information that comes with it thats the problem. mugshots are avalible to the public including social media and even the newspaper. mugshots has person information thats exposes the victaim. in my opinion you should give them a choice of what can be shown as personal information.