Today, those who go through the criminal justice system have very little privacy. Personal information that is easily accessible, like mug shots, can often harm an individual's opportunity to find a job, decent housing, or remain involved in the community after their release.
Should we limit some of the information that is publicly available like mug shots? Should there be a difference between "celebrity" arrests and arrests of "ordinary" citizens in terms of the right to privacy?
The Leifert & Leifert Right to Privacy Scholarship will award $1,000 to the candidate who can best discuss whether or not those who have been arrested have a greater right to privacy versus the public's right to know and view all of the details surrounding their arrest. More specifically, does mug shot publication and general access to the public outweigh any potential violations of invasion of privacy interests of individuals who have been arrested?
To qualify for the Leifert & Leifert Right to Privacy Scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
A) You must be enrolled at a duly accredited institution, including junior college, community college, undergraduate program, or graduate program anywhere in the United States
B) You must have solid academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA or above
C) High school graduates or GED holders about to start their college career are eligible to apply
In order to submit an application for the scholarship, interested candidates should provide the following:
A) Pertinent contact information, updated resume, and current status as a student.
B) A 750-1,000 word original essay which describes what rights the public should have to view information, specifically mugshots, on defendants and what protections should defendants have so their information is not necessarily public. The student must then describe any solutions to the problems identified in the essay.
C) An up-to-date transcript from the applicant's current institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. (NOTE: High school graduates, GED holders, and first-year students are allowed to submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent institution attended along with relevant documentation from their current school.)