Want your mug shot back? That'll be $400

Websites that post photos of people after they were arrested are charging big bucks to take the images down.

By Kim Peterson Jun 25, 2013 2:51PM
Photo illustration of young man posing for mug shot (© David Allan/Taxi/Getty Images)People love to go online and view mug shots, which has led to enormous success for Mugshots.com and other websites.

But the folks featured in those mug shots are not as amused. Some of them have tried to have their photos taken down, only to run into a financial wall: It can cost hundreds of dollars to remove the images.

Mugshots.com charges $399 to erase photos, The Associated Press reports. Other sites charge more than $1,000.

Why so much? The websites told AP they have a right to show the images, and they're even claiming some moral ground. "I absolutely believe that a parent, for instance, has a right to know if their kid's coach has been arrested," the CEO of Justmugshots.com told the news service.

What they aren't saying is that they're also profiting off of embarrassment, with no discretion when it comes to people who were innocent and eventually cleared of those charges.

Take the case of one Ohio man charged with failure to disperse when he was caught up in the police response to a loud house party. The case was dismissed, but his mug shot lives on, and he was asked about it in a job interview, AP reports.

Stories like that are part of the reason some lawmakers are pushing legislation requiring websites to remove the photos for free.

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Jun 25, 2013 3:49PM
We need a website with photos of foodstampers.
Jun 25, 2013 4:46PM
Jun 25, 2013 4:19PM
I like NA497's idea & I would like to expand it to show the pictures of all people on ANY type of Government assistance.  Also include the last time they had a job & then we would see all the people who are draining the system dry.  Believe it or not folks but there are people out there who just want a Government hand out & stay at home without even trying to find a job.
Jun 25, 2013 4:49PM
How about pics daily of all the Wall Street fat cat traders making millions due to the feds pumping 38 Billion Taxpayer Dollars a month to prop up the market. Thats Wall Street WIC or Wall Street EBT.
i think your criminal record as so does driving, medical, etc ... is your private information and can't be accessed by anyone without your permissions. Don't throw stones at me yet. If you are an employer , insurance company, mortgage company, etc, sure have the release authorizations signed because it is part of necessary for your business - go have the field trip - but just snooping around for fun or what-have-it ? Say nowadays i can search for list of sex offenders. But may be I want more. Why don't i have the list of murderers living in my area with all their personal data so i can pay the visit night time to break their windows ? This is after i finish with the windows of all the sex offenders in my area, of course.  Then i would want listing of all drivers who have DUIs, accidents or tickets so i can exclude them from my 4th of July neighbors-get-together party. Where will we'd draw the line between what is decent ? If it would be up to me, all those listings should be kept private for law enforcement personal eye only. 

Jun 25, 2013 5:40PM
This is plain old extortion which is seemingly becoming more and more prevalent in the internet age.  Sad that this is an acceptable way to make money on others.  I guess the reverse would be not to put yourself in this position and not get arrested.  Another example of how it pays to live clean I guess.
Jun 25, 2013 4:37PM
Besides never getting sick or hurt, obey the laws and never get arrested!  Avoid lawyers and courtrooms, let alone jails.
Jun 25, 2013 4:38PM
We need pics of the Washington Taliban so we can shoot stinky coated rubber bullets at them!!
Jun 25, 2013 7:26PM
i PREFERRED my Profile Mug shot!  
Jun 25, 2013 7:40PM
I'm disturbed by people who want to shame others for being on food stamps. I had to be on food stamps a couple of years ago when the economy was worse because I could not get a job. It was not for lack of trying. There are also plenty of people out there such as moms with deadbeat dads who might be working hard at two low wage jobs and still don't have enough money to feed their kids. Also, all government assistance programs have limits and built-in mechanisms to filter abusers. Get educated and don't hate. You can't really understand the hardships of another if you haven't walked in their shoes.
Jun 25, 2013 7:39PM

This sounds an awful lot like extortion. You ask to have your own image removed and you have to PAY them for them to do so?


Jun 25, 2013 6:04PM

How does the site get the photos? Can anyone go to the police and get the photos (I guess for a fee). Sounds like a "why didn't I think of that" business idea.


Another good business idea is snapping license plate photos to make money from the repo industry.

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