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Regarding sites/facebook pages that post mug shots in your area - what do they typically require you to do to have your mugshot removed?

Asked by stemnyjones (3974points) April 23rd, 2011

My little sister was recently arrested for possession of marijuana. It’s not her first arrest, and she is very young (23) and just finished college.

The rest of my family and I are well aware that she needs help with her drug problems. She also has depression and seems to have recovered from bulimia, though we cannot be sure because it is something that she has always refused to speak to us about. In short, my little sister and I had tough childhoods. I have gone through NA and recovered from my drug problem, and am in therapy for my depression and anxiety. She is more of the type to run from her problems and party them away.

Her mugshot from her most recent arrest is on a facebook group dedicated to weekly mugshots in my local area. The group’s page says that if you want your mugshot removed, they will do so under “varying conditions”.

My little sister just went through a cancer scare. She deals with a lot of unresolved psychological issues and addiction problems. The comments people have made on her mugshot photo are actually more positive than any I have seen before – mostly saying that she looks young and like she is having issues, and she can turn her life around. Unfortunately, some of the comments are not so positive. Personally knowing my sister and her situation, I don’t feel that she should see those comments right now.

I emailed the people myself asking what she would need to do to have the photos removed, but I have little patience and was wondering in the mean time if anyone knows what groups like that typically want in return for the removal of mugshots.

Feel free to comment on your opinions of the situation or whatever, but please keep in mind that my primary question is what these people might want in return for removing the photo. If you think you know what they might want, please make that the start of your answer.

Thank you.

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klutzaroo's avatar

Threaten to sue. They have no business posting that for anyone. How are they even accessing them to begin with?

Tuesdays_Child's avatar

@klutzaroo Actually they are a matter of public record. I’m not saying that they should publish them, but they are within their legal rights to do so.

stemnyjones's avatar

@klutzaroo As Tuesdays_Child said, it is public record. They pull the pictures from the local jail website and post them onto Facebook for people to comment on.

Also, their page specifically says “We do not respond well to threats of legal action”.

I heard back from them. The guy said that for drug offenses, they don’t take down the pictures unless the accused goes into court, fights the offense, wins, and shows proof that they won.

His reply included a quite rude “Don’t you think the accused should email us themselves, not their family?”-type question, and in my reply I explained to him the same thing I explained in this question. He took the mugshot down, apparently because I have been clean for 3 years.

Kraigmo's avatar

These scum who post the names/photos of drug offenders and desperate johns are far worse than the drug offenders and desperate johns.

They are hypocrites of the highest order.

Do not ever threaten them with legal action or other action. Their M.O. will be to get back at you by reprinting your letter to them with a reprint photo of your sister along with it.

You should appeal to their humanity if they have any, and hope it works.

I am not an expert on Facebook’s Terms of Service, but you may be able to have your sister report the Facebook page that has her photo on it, so it gets removed, if it indeed violates their T.O.S.

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