Thursday, January 20, 2011

DUI Mug Shots on Facebook?

Privacy vs. Policing.  Where do you stand on this issue?

A City Councilman in Huntington Beach, California has proposed that the town post mug shots of anyone arrested, more than once, for DUI.  The mug shot and names for repeat offenders would be posted on Facebook.  He believes this approach would create a wall of shame that might deter the number of DUIs and save lives.

The California town had 195 people injured or killed due to DUIs in 2009.

The Police Department is hesitant believing it violates the accused person's rights to privacy.

Honolulu and a township in NJ tried a similar program and were reported to have backed away from their programs to post mug shots of DUIs.

Oconee County in Georgia actually uses a Facebook page to highlight criminals and suspects, for example a suspected child molester.

"California City May Put DUI Mug Shots on Facebook", Associated Press, January 18, 2011.

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