At most news organizations, mugshots are a default companion to many crime stories. The Inquirer has been no different, routinely publishing dozens of police booking photos a year.
That is no longer the case. The Philadelphia Inquirer will use mugshots infrequently, and only when there is a compelling reason to include the image.
There are some instances where The Inquirer may still use mugshots. A mugshot may appear if the photo depicts a public figure, for instance, or if the alleged crime has achieved broad, regional or national notoriety. The Inquirer will also consider post-conviction publication of mugshots connected to criminal proceedings that we have followed extensively, if no other appropriate image is available. If there is a compelling and immediate public safety reason to publish a mugshot, we will do so. These uses will be rare.