Are all mugshots in the public domain?
October 19, 2005 6:46 PM Subscribe
Does everyone who gets arrested have a mugshot taken of them, and must all mugshots be released to the public? Are there any restrictions on their use?
posted by thewittyname to law & government (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It seems to be "common knowledge" that mugshots are public records (that's what Wikipedia
says) but can anyone give me some more detail on the laws that might govern this sort of thing? Are there restrictions on obtaining or using mugshots that don't apply to police reports, or vice versa?
[Yes, this is partially related to DeLay's pending arrest, but I've wondered about the specifics behind this stuff for a while now]