Mugshots.com provides mug shots of arrested criminals for free. The website collects official booking photographs obtained from law enforcement agencies and republishes the photographs as a service for civilians and law enforcement officers alike.
A mug shot is a photograph of an arrested criminal taken during the booking process. Because all criminals are innocent until proven guilty, a mug shot does not indicate whether an offender is guilty or innocent. Mug shots are public information and accessible through newspapers, books, television and the Internet.
In high-profile cases, mug shots provide the public with clear photographs of wanted criminals. While helpful for identifying suspects, mug shots can negatively influence public perception because people assume the photographs represent people with criminal records, as claimed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As of 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado, does not require federal law enforcement agencies to release mug shots, citing privacy as one of its concerns.