Publication of Drug Offender Photographs Act Exposed

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The Publication of Drug Offender Photographs Act is listed under ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force and was included in the 1995 ALEC Sourcebook of American State Legislation. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.

ALEC Bill Text


This Act would require the department of corrections to publish a photograph in a local newspaper of anyone convicted of a drug offense. The drug offenders would be assessed a fee to cover the cost of publishing the photo.

Model Legislation

{Title, enacting clause, etc.}

Section 1. {Title.}

This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Publication of Drug Offender Photographs Act.

Section 2.

Upon the conviction of any person for a violation of the [controlled substance act], a current front face photograph of the convicted person, with that person's name clearly visible on the picture, shall be published in one newspaper of general circulation in the community of residence of the convicted. The court of jurisdiction may assess a fee to cover the cost of publication. The department of corrections shall provide the photograph and provide for the publication.

Section 3. {Severability clause.}

Section 4. {Repealer clause.}

Section 5. {Effective date.}

ALEC's Sourcebook of American State Legislation 1995