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South Dakota becomes the 49th state to classify mugshot photos as public records, Louisiana is the only state that has not done so.
South Dakota becomes the 49th state to classify mugshot photos as public records, Louisiana is the only state that has not done so.
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July 6, 2017

South Dakota Becomes 49th State To Sell Mugshot Photos

Senate Bill 25 will make South Dakota the 49th state to categorize mugshot photos as public records, reports the Rapid City Journal

The new law will apply only to felony arrests, and only those that occurred in the last six months. Law enforcement entities will now be able to charge a fee for the release of the photos.  The eight dollar fee will help fund the staff who will be spending 30-60 minutes each day updating and maintaining the photo database.  Although several surrounding states allow the release of such photos for free, South Dakota law enforcement hopes that the fee will deter those who might post mugshots of those who turn out to be innocent or who have charges dismissed, and then ask for large payments to take the photos down. 

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