Should other people know if you get arrested?
That seems like a silly question in an open society that is based on having an open judicial system. Of course we want to know if our creepy neighbor got arrested for child molestation. Of course we want to know if one of our public officials got caught for drunk driving.
But there are some who are now pushing a Georgia legislative committee to limit access to that kind of information, at least in certain circumstances. At the heart of the issue is the fact that arrest information now lives on forever on the Internet, even if charges were dropped or the person was later found not guilty. That means that if an employer searches a prospective employee’s name online, that person’s arrest is easily found, perhaps endangering the individual’s job prospects.