The way the news media uses mugshots has to change

MINOT, N.D. — Adam Martin is the founder and CEO of the F5 Project , an organization that helps current and former inmates find their way back into society.

In a recent letter to the editor , Martin let journalists have it, arguing that the way we report crime is often exploitative. He made particular note of the use of police booking mugshots.

He has a point.

Allow me to illustrate it with an anecdote.

Last year a day care provider saw felony charges against her dropped for lack of evidence. Sarah Babinchak, 35 of Carpio, North Dakota, had been facing two charges, including Class B felony child abuse and Class B felony aggravated assault on a child under the age of 12, related to the injury of a child while in her care.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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