Criminal record sheet

Made:
1906 in West Yorkshire
photographer:
Unknown
Criminal record sheet
      A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in about 1900, containing portraits

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Criminal record sheet A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in about 1900, containing portraits
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A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1906. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Mary Ann Kennedy, a partially blind prostitute with a string of convictions for theft, robbery with violence and receiving stolen goods.

A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1906.

The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Mary Ann Kennedy, a partially blind prostitute with a string of convictions for theft, robbery with violence and receiving stolen goods.

The use of photography to record known criminals - the 'mug shot'- had been suggested as early as the 1840s. In 1871, the Prevention of Crime Act made it a legal requirement that all persons arrested for a crime must have their photographs taken.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5083/26
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford