New Kansas Mugshot Website: Gone For Good? In July of 2012, a Shawnee man decided to launch his own mugshot website, Blabbermouthkc.com. Here, he hoped to publish photographs of people who had been arrested in the area, and according to an interview he gave to a local newspaper, he thought the photos could help people to spot criminals in their area and perhaps solve a few crimes in the process. It's likely the site administrator also hoped to make a few bucks on the site, as he was also planning to charge hefty fees for people who wanted to remove their photographs. This isn't a new idea. Mugshot websites exist all over the internet, and in most cases, they're considered legal. The site administrators just copy photographs from law enforcement sources, and they publish them on their own pages. In most states, these photographs are considered part of the public record, so anyone can grab them, copy them, share them or otherwise use them in any way they see fit. Some states even allow police departments to share photographs as part of a sort of public-shaming project. In Florida, for example, Sheriff Joe Arpaio holds a "mugshot of the day" contest, in which people can vote on the photographs they see. In an article published in Mail Online, sources suggest that the site is part of a severe punishment and humiliation campaign by this particular sheriff. His uncompromising stance, it's suggested, is designed to deter crime, as people might want to stay as far away from the sheriff as possible. The young man in Kansas may have also been inspired by stories of crimes that have been solved by mugshot websites. For example, according to The Chattanoogan, a man who assaulted a couple out for ice cream was apprehended only when the couple later spotted the man's photograph on a mugshot website. Without the visual, they didn't have the man's name or the man's address. The mugshot site gave them that information, as the suspected assailant had been arrested before, and the couple was able to file formal charges as a result. Perhaps the young web developer saw stories like this and felt that his work could allow more crimes to be solved. At this moment, the man's mugshot website appears to be offline. It's possible that he became spooked by the number of bills working their way through state legislators that would make mugshot sites illegal. In Atlanta, for example, legislators are hoping to pass a bill that would require site administrators to remove photographs of people who were later exonerated of any crime. Other states are working on similar bills. Perhaps this man felt that now wasn't a great time to enter the mugshot racket, and he took his site down as a result. Or perhaps he just had a change of heart. No matter what went on in this young man's mind, it likely isn't really all that important to the number of people who are arrested and who find their photographs online. For every mugshot site that goes out of business, another seems to take its place. Until those mugshot bills are actually passed, and until all of the sites go down, people will still be targeted and their photos will still be easy to see. That's where we can help. With our proprietary solution, we can offer same-day mugshot deletions, and we can get photos down from almost every site out there. We can also work with writers and create sophisticated reputation management campaigns that can repair long-term damage. It's a solution that works. Find out more at www.internetreputation.com.
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