MINOT, N.D. — When you see a mugshot, do you immediately think “criminal”?

You probably do.

Who could blame you?

The mugshot is an iconic sort of image. That staring-into-the-camera perspective, usually alongside a second image taken from the side, with some sort of a placard usually visible toward the bottom, is unmistakable. Shots of well-known figures such as Al Capone or Pablo Escobar are used for posters and T-shirts.

It’s pretty much impossible to read the news without seeing someone’s mugshot.

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