Criminal Justice

New Jersey Considering Bill to Keep Suspect Booking Photos Confidential

News agencies in the state oppose the measure

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New Jersey lawmakers plan to vote on legislation to make police booking photos of suspects confidential — a bill that's opposed by the group that represents 20 daily newspapers and other media outlets serving the state.

The bill, A-3906, would make mug shots off-limits unless there is a conviction. New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat from Essex, N.J., has scheduled it for a vote Thursday. The proposal has yet to be taken up in the Senate.

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