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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should mugshots be made public immediately, or only after a conviction?

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would restrict distribution of a person's mugshot.
Right now, those pictures are made public from the moment police take the shot.

HB 265 in the Florida House would prohibit county or municipal detention facilities from electronically publishing or electronically disseminating arrest booking photographs of people who've been arrested, but not convicted.
Public access would still be allowed... but you'd have to request the picture.
A big reason behind the bill... and a similar bill in the Senate... is to put an end to websites that legally extort people.
Some sites compile mugshots, and then charge people to have them taken down -- even if that person is acquitted or the charges are dropped.
Some news outlets object to the bill, claiming it infringes on the First Amendment.

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