As many of you are aware, photographs of arrested persons no longer show up on the inmate roster. This is due to the signing of ACT 494 which was recently signed into law by Governor John Edwards. The law states (in pertinent part):
No law enforcement officer or agency shall publish, release, or disseminate in any format a booking photograph to the public or to a private person or entity unless any of the following occurs:
(a) The individual is a fugitive, and a law enforcement officer or agency determines that releasing or disseminating the booking photograph will assist in apprehending the individual.
(b) A law enforcement officer or agency determines that the individual is an imminent threat to an individual or to public safety and determines that releasing or disseminating the booking photograph will assist in reducing or eliminating the threat.
(c) A judge of a court of competent jurisdiction orders the release or dissemination of the booking photograph based on a finding that the release or dissemination is in furtherance of a legitimate interest.
(d) The individual is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a crime, lesser crime, or lesser included offense as defined in Article 558.
The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office will continue to post the daily roster but without the photographs. APSO will provide information and photographs of any person deemed to be a safety threat to the public.
I, like many of you, am disappointed with this new law but I have little choice but to comply.