Updated: Jun 20, 2022
HB 243, a measure signed into law in 2021, ends the practice of publishing mugshots of juveniles charged with minor crimes.
As a retired police officer, Frank understands how one bad mistake can have long term negative effects on a person’s life. HB 243, a measure signed into law in 2021, ends the practice of publishing mugshots of juveniles charged with minor crimes.
HB 243 would also prohibit law enforcement agencies from releasing or publishing any image depicting a juvenile, including displaying an image on any publicly maintained social media page or website. Ending this practice will reduce the problems that follow people around for the rest of their lives especially since information that is posted on the internet can live on forever. The bill was part of the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus’ Justice for All Agenda,which included a series of legislative priorities to address systemic racial injustice.
In an effort to cover all angles, HB 243 includes an exception for situations where a juvenile is charged with a violent felony, and release or publication of the photograph is necessary to protect the public’s safety.