Michigan newspaper chain will stop publishing mug shots

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FILE- In an undated file photo provided by MLive Media Group, the exterior of The Ann Arbor News is shown. The chain of eight Michigan newspapers says it will stop publishing mug shots of people charged with crimes except in extraordinary cases as it seeks to stop perpetuating negative perceptions of people, especially minorities. John Hiner, vice president of content at MLive Media Group, says the photos imply guilt long before trial. Mug shots are jail photos of people charged with crimes. MLive publishes The Ann Arbor News as well as other Michigan newspapers. (The Ann Arbor News/MLive.com via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A chain of eight Michigan newspapers will stop publishing mug shots of people charged with crimes as it seeks to break negative judgments, especially in cases involving minorities.

John Hiner is vice president of content at MLive Media Group. Hiner says the photos imply guilt long before trial and are indefinitely attached to news stories on the internet, no matter the outcome of a case.

Mug shots are jail photos of people charged with crimes. Hiner says the “reflexive use of mug shots” does more to foster negative perceptions rather than inform readers.

MLive publishes The Grand Rapids Press as well as other Michigan newspapers. It also runs MLive.com.

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