In the past, websites like were notorious for publishing mugshots of low-level offenders and demanding money for their removal. This practice was not only unethical, but it also exploited vulnerable individuals for financial gain.

Ever wonder why you never see links to the malicious website mentioned above? There's a good reason behind it, it can be considered illegal if they're not careful.


Have you heard about the law in Illinois regarding mugshots? This is a total game-changer when it comes to public shaming on the internet. Basically, it's now illegal to post mugshots of people from Illinois on websites or social media accounts and charge them money to take them down.

You know how there used to be websites like (which no longer exists) that would post mugshots of people and then charge them money to remove it? Well, those days are long gone.

The current law is aimed at protecting low-level offenders from being humiliated and shamed for something that they may not even be convicted of. And let's be real, who hasn't made a mistake at some point in their life?

Public shaming can have some serious consequences, from damaging a person's reputation to negatively impacting their mental health. It's not fair for someone's lapse in judgment to follow them around forever, especially when it comes to something as trivial as a mugshot.


So, this law is important in the fight against public shaming on the internet. It's about time that people stop exploiting others for their own financial gain and start treating each other with a little bit more compassion and understanding.

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This does not mean it is a crime for legitimate media to share mugshots via their website You can read the law, word for word, here.

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