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SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

The media's access to mug shots of criminal suspects would be limited under a bill being debated at the state capitol.

House bill 845 would restrict the restrict the release of a jail booking photograph unless the person has been convicted of a crime.

Saunter County Sheriff Pete Smith doesn't agree with the bill and says releasing mug shots can help prevent crime.

" I think that's part of the crime. Its a deterrent for you not to do things to get your name and face and picture in the newspaper. I'm opposed to it myself. I think they need to place them in there," says Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

Sheriff Smith says he doesn't think keeping mug shots public is an invasion of privacy.

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