Holding Mug Shots
April 6, 2023 12:28PM CDT
The Texas Senate is considering a bill to keep mug shots confidential until a person has been convicted of a crime.
The bill allows for a few exceptions, like if a person is considered a fugitive or dangerous to the public, and a judge could alsoule the mug shot be released in the interest of law enforcement.
The bill if passed could become effective September 1st.
Texas Association of Broadcasters, and The Texas Press Association are against the bill, stating booking photos help to inform the public about who is being arrested and charged with a crime.
To learn more about Senate Bill 509, go online at capitol. texas.gov