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Public access to federal mugshots at risk

While many states allow public access to photos taken during a criminal booking procedure, the U.S. Marshall’s service in almost every federal circuit refuse to provide them, citing a FOIA exemption intended to protect subjects’ personal privacy rights. The only exception is the Sixth Federal Circuit (i.e., Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee), where the Marshall’s service has given mugshots to requesters for over 15 years.

DeWayne Wickham

DeWayne Wickham

Organization: North Carolina A&T State University

Title: Interim Chair

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