Law enforcers react to bill that limits mug shot access - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Law enforcers react to bill that limits mug shot access

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.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Rainfall Gauge

    Rainfall Gauge

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 2.13"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 15.17"; -/+ Year to Date -3.99".

    More >>

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 2.13"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 15.17"; -/+ Year to Date -3.99".

    More >>
  • Folks participate in "Impeach Trump" rally, counter protest

    Folks participate in "Impeach Trump" rally, counter protest

    Friday, April 28 2017 5:54 PM EDT2017-04-28 21:54:58 GMT
    Folks from the group Georgians for the Impeachment of Donald Trump filled the courthouse lawn. (Source: WALB)Folks from the group Georgians for the Impeachment of Donald Trump filled the courthouse lawn. (Source: WALB)

     Two separate protests, one supporting and one opposing the President, were held at the same time.

    More >>

     Two separate protests, one supporting and one opposing the President, were held at the same time.

    More >>
  • Breaking down the Albany Utilities rate increase

    Breaking down the Albany Utilities rate increase

    Friday, April 28 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-04-28 21:40:49 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Albany leaders are considering a new budget that includes an Albany Utilities rate hike that when added up will bring in $2.6 million annually to the utility. Divided out, it will mean a maximum of $7.68 per a customer that has all five services, less money for customers that use less services. 

    More >>

    Albany leaders are considering a new budget that includes an Albany Utilities rate hike that when added up will bring in $2.6 million annually to the utility. Divided out, it will mean a maximum of $7.68 per a customer that has all five services, less money for customers that use less services. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly