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Why Some Kansas City Newsrooms Are Changing The Way They Use Mug Shots

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A composite image of three tintype mug shots from the 1850s and 1860s.
Missouri Historical Society
The Missouri Historical Society is home to some of the country's oldest mug shots, like these tintypes from the 1850s and 60s.

Mug shots often carry an implication of guilt prior to sentencing, and have disproportionately affected communities of color and lower income.

"This is really just about us listening to the community, and having more transparency and accountability with how we use these photos," said Dia Wall, of 41 Action News.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
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