TRENTON - (AP) - The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill that would restrict the release of mug shots until after a criminal suspect is convicted.
The measure faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.
Supporters say the measure would protect the reputations of those arrested and restore the presumption of innocence to the criminal justice system.
But the New Jersey Press Association says there's no legitimate reason to deny the public access to the information. The organization, which represents the news media, also says the measure has the potential for increasing confusion as to the identity of the person arrested.