Stop posting mug shots on the Internet
  • Petitioned Florida Legislature, Congress, President of the Unites States Barack Obama,

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Florida Legislature, Congress, President of the Unites States Barack Obama,

Stop posting mug shots on the Internet

    1. Marc Schader
    2. Petition by

      Marc Schader

      St Petersburg, FL

The state of Florida is going too far with the Public records law by creating and support the Mug-Shot Industry, a very lucrative business based on the degradation of the human being.
It is an issue that should not be taken lightly; the mug shot should be the exception of the rule, posted online condemns the individual to a life sentence.
We need a new law that will stop the release of mug shots on the Internet and allow us to remove those that has been posted.
As human beings, we all make mistakes and we have the right to fix then and not just to move on with our lives, but to move forward.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Will be featured on FOX 13 News!

      Marc Schader
      Petition Organizer

      Will be featured on FOX 13 News in Florida, tonight at 6pm eastern time! they will have a link to this petition and more information that they have uncovered themselves! check it out!

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      The Internet has created a whole new world of social communications for young people who are using e-mail, Web sites, instant messaging, chat rooms and text messaging to stay in touch with friends and make new ones.

      While most interactions are positive, new technologies have given young people a new – and powerful – platform from which to target peers. In a 2008 University of Toronto study, half the students reported having been cyberbullied.

      There is little doubt that cyberbullying, which can be the equivalent of "social death" for many young people, is traumatic. It differs from traditional, face-to-face bullying in that it is relentless and public and at the same time anonymous. Cyberbullying has turned the usual image of "the bully" on its head; it's no longer only the "tough kids" who may act aggressively – it can just as easily be the shy, quiet types, hidden behind their computers. Added to this is the potential presence of countless, invisible witnesses and/or collaborators to the cyberbullying, which creates a situation where victims are left unsure of who knows, and whom to fear.

      Technology also extends the reach these young people have, enabling them to harass their targets anywhere and at anytime. While these situations should be reported, it can be difficult for young people to step forward: how do you report an attack that leaves no physical scars and is committed by a nameless attacker? Will the consequences of telling an adult that you are being cyberbullied be worse than the bullying itself? Adults want to help, but many feel ill-equipped to handle bullying in a digital world.

      How kids cyberbully

      According to a study, young people are most likely to encounter cyberbullying through instant messaging, followed by e-mail, Web sites for games and social networking.

      Built-in digital cameras in cell phones are adding a new dimension to the problem. In one case students used a camera-enabled cell phone to take a photo of an overweight classmate in the shower after gym. The picture was distributed throughout the school e-mail list within minutes. The emerging trend of sexting also exposes teenagers to cyberbullying: personal messages and photographs, even those sent to real friends or boyfriends/girlfriends, could end up being embarrassing if the relationship sours and private photos are made public.

      On social networking sites, you can now tag images with the names of people who are in the photo. This simple act can lead to cyberbullying, as these photos will appear in any search into this person’s name and it could be that misappropriated profile settings do not protect access to them.

      Multiplayer online games and virtual worlds can be venues for harassment and cyberbullying when kids are playing or using the chat features to talk to other players. According to a 2008 Pew Internet & American Life Project report, more than half of teens who play games report seeing or hearing “people being mean and overly aggressive while playing”; a quarter of them report that this happens “often.”

      Who cyberbullies and why


      A quarter of youth who perpetrate cyberbullying are teenagers who have also bullied others offline. However, the remaining three quarters do not bully others in person – implying that the Internet has empowered youth who would never consider bullying anyone in the physical world to do so in the virtual world.

      Nancy Willard of the Responsible Netizen Institute explains that technology can also affect a young person's ethical behaviour because it doesn't provide tangible feedback about the consequences of actions on others. This lack of feedback minimizes feelings of empathy or remorse. Young people say things online that they would never say face-to-face because they feel removed from the action and the person at the receiving end.


      Targets are the victims of cyberbullying behaviour. Although there is no physical violence, cyberbullying may be more frightening to targets because there are, potentially, an unlimited number of witnesses. When bullying is anonymous, targets don’t know who to watch out for or respond to – which can lead to feelings of helplessness. Over half (52 per cent) of teenagers who are targets of cyberbullying never actually report it.


      Cyberbullying often occurs away from adults. Thus, witnesses or bystanders to cyberbullying have a very important role to play when it comes to putting an end to it. They represent social consensus and in this capacity, have an important role to play in stopping or supporting cyberbullying. In a study conducted by the University of Toronto in 2008, 28 per cent of the students reported having witnessed cyberbullying. Of this percentage, half react by rising up against cyberbullying; the other half goes along with it.

    • Francie Griffith COLUMBUS, OH
      • 10 months ago

      This information is a need to know basis item and furthermore should not be open to the public. Only potential employers or similar needs should be allowed privilege of it. This law change should include websites like who refuse to remove anything unless all charges are dropped in full. If charges are reduced, in less modernized systems this leaves much information not updated so that anyone can see the original charges, regardless of the outcome in court.

    • Dan Gillette WINTER SPRINGS, FL
      • 10 months ago

      A loved one was wrongfully arrested, no charges were filed, but her mugshot still appears on these BS websites that want payment to take them down. Once you pay them, they take it down on that site and post it on 10 others.

    • Matthews Hurley BROOKLYN, NY
      • 10 months ago

      I feel posting a person's mugshot online especially if charges were dropped or dismissed does not allow a person to move on with their life. It can detrimental to a person's livelihood and reputation. It's wrong and should be illegal.

    • Marc Schader ST PETERSBURG, FL
      • 12 months ago

      I believe that mug shots should be released upon request with proper identification, that breaking the law does not make us all criminals, that the individual should be treated accordingly the level of offense, that the media should be in charge of high profile criminal cases and that the Government should not prosecute the individual forever by posting the mug shot on the worldwide web.


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