Speak Out: Should Mug Shots Expire?

How long should a mug shot follow you online?

A report from CNN recently discussed a man in Norcross who was upset of his mug shot still being found on a website that profited solely on published mug shots.

While they are a part of Woodstock-Towne Lake's daily routine, they are not our sole source of revenue like Caught Up.

Patch asks: Should online mug shots expire after a certain amount of time? Should this apply to all online news stories that contain mug shots?

Kelly May 30, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I can't see the poll. However, I believe they should. Only because people who were found innocent or had the charges dropped are still having issues with people who think they maybe guilty because of their mugshot photo that is still being publicized on websites that post such things.
domingo October 05, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Great point Kelly, and for those that have fulfilled their obligations to the state. They haunted by their past every time they search for themselves on google. I can only imagine what kind of effect these mugshots have on some poor soul trying to start fresh. who cant find a job becuase mugshots show up the second any company googles him. These publicized human low points are doing more harm than good. How exactly do they benefit the public. Police should be the only ones with this knowledge. It is their job to worry about these things not the average joe.
MOM1 January 15, 2013 at 08:23 PM
These should not be published unless it is a sex offender. For example a 17 year old attends a highschool party where drinkining is involved and we all know teens do this. the party host makes them leave and child gets DUI. This child must still attend school and with a mugshot will be made a mockery,Judged by teachers , not allowed to be in the company of other kids bc their parents know and some smarty pants will post it to facebook and twitter.. How are they to rise above all this and become productive citizens with all of this weighing them down. It will be a huge impact on a childs future and will prevent them from entering certain colleges , obtaining employment and doing certain volunteer work within their community.As a parent the charges are about more than one can handle.As the child , loosing their car and licenses for a year, Dui school, 40 hours of community service, 10 AA meetings, defensive driving class, victims impact panel. Paying up to a 1600 dollar fine not to mention thousands of dollars in attorneys fees. The last thing a parent neeeds to worry about is MUG SHOTS. Save them for the predetors.


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