Reply To: Electronic etchings: The damaging permanence of lists in the digital era

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I was told something interesting by someone that would know these things. Back in the earliest days of the USA, our founders wanted a way for family members to be able to find out what happened to those who were arrested. The arrest was made public to PROTECT those who were arrested or jailed. Now, the very thing that was meant to protect us is being used against us.
Mugshots and others like it put pictures of people who were charged but never even convicted on their site. This is a travesty.

I think the information should only be made available to those who file a freedom of information request and/or are family members or a directly interested party, like a lawyer or friend of those charged or held in jail.