Mugshots no longer available

The Lincoln Parish Journal is no longer able to obtain photographs of persons arrested locally due to a new state law.

Recent legislation approved by the Louisiana Legislature restricts when law enforcement agencies and jails can make available booking photographs, or “mugshots.” 

While the new law contains several exceptions, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Stephen Williams said the Lincoln Parish Detention Center will cease releasing mugshots or posting them on the sheriff’s office phone app until a new system is devised to release images still permissible under the state law just signed by Governor John Bel Edwards.

Those mugshots that can be released include offenders charged with crimes of violence, sex crimes, and offenses involving minors. Images of those convicted of crimes can also be released.

Booking information and arrest data is still public record, and the Lincoln Parish Journal will continue to post information on crimes of public interest.

The change is effective immediately.

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