Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Book 'em Danno (but don't release the photos in Washington)

Hawaii Five-O fans will remember most episodes ending with the phrase "Book 'em Danno." In Hawaii, police booking photos (or mug shots) are subject to public disclosure. They aren't in Washington. The state's Sunshine Committee met today and had a very spirited discussion about this practice and whether police booking photos should be subject to public disclosure.  A bill was introduced last year (HB 2115) to make these photos available to the public but it was not voted on. A recommendation offered today by Sunshine Committee member Rowland Thompson would not only require booking photos to be posted publicly on an agency website but also . . . READ MORE


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