‘Mug Shot Mania’ Getting Noticed

By David Highfield

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you get arrested in western Pennsylvania, your mug shot could now wind up in a paper called “Mug Shot Mania.”

It started earlier this year, and its creator, Shawn Kirkwood, says sales have been better than expected.

The publication prints mug shots its publisher says are recent arrests in the area – everything from aggravated assault to parole violations.

There’s a section called “Sticky Fingers” that includes photos of people charged with crimes such as retail theft.

Another section, titled “Cruizin’ & Boozin'” showcases people who have been charged with DUI.

Kristin Christopher of Carrick says she spent the dollar to buy a copy to see if she there was anybody she knew inside.

People had mixed reactions to the paper. Some thought it would be a deterrent to crime while others thought it was unfair to publish photos of people before they are convicted.

But “Mug Shot Mania” makes it clear at the top of each page that, “All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.”

Criminologist and CMU professor Alfred Blumstein says he doubts the publication will be an added deterrent to crime. He says, “I think it’s inappropriate and exploitative.”

The paper, however, also publishes pictures of missing children, people wanted by the police and phone numbers for people with alcohol and drug problems to get help.

The creator declined to do an interview with KDKA for this story.

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  • Pittnorth

    I have better things to spend my money on.

  • Me

    You need to look next to the word By: to find out who reported the story. This also is the same for books, magazines, articles, etc…. So the reporter was David Highfield.

  • Patsy A.

    At an NAACP meeting the members were upset that everytime a black person did something wrong their picture got plastered all over the news media, so I suggested to the parents that they tell their children not to comit crime to prevent being embarrassed on tv. It got real quiet in that room and one of the members told me to sit down and mind my business. I have never tried to support the NAACP anymore.
    The news media only knows what information they are given at the time so keep your life honest.

  • Shauna

    I am from GA and we have these publications all over the place! It makes for a good car ride read :o) IMO if you don’t want your photo published my best advice is to STAY OUT OF TROUBLE!

  • Sage

    I can understand if they were mugshots of “wanted” persons. This is nothing more than entertainment. How bout one with politicians suspected of shady dealings? Oh, wait…that’s a different social class. Nevermind.

  • Riding Dirty.com

    Sage you are so funny, they should have the Political Pr*cks mug shots and put Sen. Brewster and the Orie sisters on the front page.

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