Gov. signs bill limiting mugshot access to public

Mugshots will no longer be released after an arrest is made. A new law requires the mugshots be held until the suspect is prosecuted in Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 729 earlier this month, which requires all law enforcement agencies to stop publishing & releasing booking photos to the public for most offenses.

There are exceptions to which a booking photo can be released, according to the bill.

Some instances include if a person is a fugitive and the photo will help locate the suspect if the person is an imminent threat to another individual or public safety.

Other exceptions include all violent crimes, sex offenses, human trafficking, crimes involving minors, and cruelty to animals.

The new law went into effect immediately upon the governor’s signature.

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