The Steamboat Pilot & Today occasionally receives requests to remove names or mugshots from crime stories.
When reviewing those requests, we will rely on the courts and the legal process used to expunge, or clear, records. People who have committed nonviolent crimes and successfully petitioned the courts to permanently delete records of their criminal cases can submit a request for the removal of their name or mugshot from a specific story.
The emphasis of this policy is on victimless crimes. The Steamboat Pilot & Today won’t be removing names from stories about violent crimes, sex crimes, or major felony cases that drew community interest.
Requests also will not be considered for elected officials and other notable community leaders or public figures because they are held to a higher standard and should remain accountable for their actions.
Like most policies, this one is not absolute. We still reserve the right to publish or not publish.
To request to have your name and mug shot removed from a story, fill out this form so the editor and publisher can review your request.