Mug shot

picture from the waist up, typically taken after a person is arrested

A mug shot, or booking photograph, is a photographic portrait taken after someone is arrested.[1][2] The mug shot is taken to allow law enforcement to have a photographic record of the arrested person to allow for identification by victims and investigators. Most mug shots are two-part, with one side-view photo, and one front-view.

Mugshot of the well-known outlaw Butch Cassidy. This was taken when he was put in jail in 1894.


  1. Michael H. Graham (2003). Handbook of Illinois Evidence. Aspen Publishers. p. 147. ISBN 978-0735544994.
  2. " - About". Archived from the original on 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-01.