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Release of arrest info OK, but not mug shots

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders have agreed to stop the routine public release of arrest mug shots but will continue to allow public access to other booking information.

The state budget approved Monday by the Democrat-controlled Legislature contains legislation amending the state Freedom of Information Law to shield booking photographs from public access.

Cuomo, a Democrat, had sought to allow police to withhold all booking information, including criminal charges. Senate and Assembly leaders initially agreed but changed their minds after complaints by civil liberties advocates and media organizations.

Cuomo says his proposal was aimed at cracking down on unscrupulous websites that post mug shots and then charge to have them removed from the internet.

Associated Press

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