AN ACT MAKING POST-ARREST PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES CONFIDENTIAL AND NOT SUBJECT TO PUBLIC RELEASE UNLESS THE PERSON PHOTOGRAPHED IS CHARGED WITH A FELONY OR THE RELEASE IS REQUIRED TO SECURE THE PUBLIC'S SAFETY.
Adds a new subsection to GS 15A-502 to make photographs taken by a law enforcement officer or agency of persons charged with a misdemeanor or felony confidential and exempt from disclosure as a public record under GS Chapter 132. Provides that a photograph may be disclosed to the public if the person is charged with a felony or the officer or agency determines that the release of the photograph is reasonably necessary to secure the public safety. Requires photographs exempt from disclosure under the new subsection to become public upon conviction of the person charged.
Applies to persons charged with a misdemeanor or felony on or after the date the act becomes law.
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