Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Let's Spruce Up Arrest Photographs!
Unfortunately, arrest photographs seem almost always to show the person photographed looking angry, bewildered, and stupid, not to mention looking like they're intoxicated or using serious illegal drugs! And they always seem to look like they smell bad!
Here's an example from Florida to illustrate my point:
Now I know that Florida is five-star when it comes to weirdness; only California comes close. But I must say that arrest photographs is one of those areas in which the glaring inequality of opportunity is so evident. In a modern, liberal, tolerant society, we must be more sensitive to this sort of problem.
Why is it that some highly affluent and well-connected individuals appear neat and composed in their mug shots, while the less well off look so rough? I think that we would go some ways on our path of ensuring social equality in our society if we would make hair styling, a makeover, and possibly cosmetic surgery an entitlement. Actually, this not a far-fetched notion. Psychological research has shown that beautiful offenders tend to be quantitatively punished less severely than their homlier fellow offendees. This is stark inequality, to say the least! Think of what an improvement in self-esteem would follow, if our government would make this a right enjoyed by all arrestees.
Fashion and Hair Styling Equality: Its time has come!