Criminal Justice

New Jersey Considering Bill to Keep Suspect Booking Photos Confidential

News agencies in the state oppose the measure


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.