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Utah Sheriff Strikes Back At Mug-Shot Websites

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The a sex offender registry website offers details about a man in this screen grab. (Photo by Newsmakers)

The a sex offender registry website offers details about a man in this screen grab. (Photo by Newsmakers)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder has become the latest lawman in the country to stop the practice of displaying mug shots online.

Winder says booking photos are being exploited by websites for monetary gain — they charge suspects high prices for removing their mug shots and sometimes fail to follow through.

Winder has removed booking photos from his metro jail’s online roster.

The practice has former inmates saying they are paying twice for their crimes. They say it does no good to pay one website operator for the removal of a mug shot when so many are trafficking in the same booking photos.

Utah County responded to the problem by shrinking the size of its online mug shots to prevent them from being easily duplicated on the Web.

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