SHOULD HPD PLAY THE SHAME GAME WITH PROSTITUTION ARRESTS?

ARLINGTON PD IS NOW DOING IT!

It’s being done in several cities around the country – shaming those who have been arrested on prostitution related charges by putting their photos on the internet. Should Houston consider the same process of embarassment? Here’s a recent article on the issue in Arlington:

The Arlington Police Department has begun posting the photos of men and women busted for prostitution on its Web site as it tries to cut down on criminal activity. The photos of 27 men arrested in May were posted on the site yesterday. The department is also mailing postcards to anyone arrested for prostitution. The cards include a photo of the person arrested and a toll-free phone number and Web site address for information from the Centers for Disease Control about sexually transmitted diseases. Police say they hope the postcards generate pressure on the arrestee by drawing the attention of other people in their household, such as a spouse. Arlington joins police departments across the nation that already post mug shots on the Web, including Dallas. The Arlington and Dallas Web sites both say the suspects have been charged but haven’t necessarily been convicted of a crime.