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Where can I see mugshots from Joplin City?

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While there are third-party resources for viewing mugshots online, the laws surrounding information released into the public are complex. Contact the city's records office or police department in order to receive information on how mugshots are handled.

Information acquired by federal agencies, such as the FBI, is generally considered to fall within the public domain. However, states and counties have different policies in regard to sensitive information such as mugshots due to concerns over privacy.

In 2013, a third-party mugshot website became involved in a lawsuit against a county sheriff's department. The sheriff claimed copyright over the booking photos to prohibit their release.

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