Why the Public Can't See Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin's Mugshots
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were both arrested for allegedly taking part in a college bribery ring — but their mugshots won't be released
Policies set in place by the Department of Justice and U.S. Marshals Services prohibit either organization from releasing booking photos when a person has already been apprehended, according to USA Today.
The U.S. Marshals Services may only release photographs for “law enforcement purposes,” according to a 2012 policy.
“Once a prisoner has been arrested, the general rule is that no release should be made because release of photographs of that prisoner to the media or public would not serve law enforcement purposes,” the policy states.
Only when releasing a mugshot serves a purpose more important than the person’s right to privacy will either department release the photos, such as when the person is a dangerous fugitive.
As neither Huffman or Loughlin have been deemed dangerous, it’s unlikely their mugshots will be released to the public.
Huffman, 56, is accused of engaging in a conspiracy to donate $15,000 in exchange to boost her daughter Sofia’s SAT scores.
Loughlin, 54, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were both accused of agreeing “to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
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Neither has entered a plea, and reps for both have not returned PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The duo accounts for two of 50 people indicted as part of the alleged nationwide scheme, which broke on Tuesday when federal court records were unsealed in Boston. Other notable names include author Jane Buckingham.
In addition to parents and exam administrators, athletic coaches are also implicated in the scheme.
Admissions to the schools mentioned in the complaint are extremely competitive: For first-time, full-time undergraduates, only five percent of applicants get into Stanford, seven percent get into Yale, 17 percent get into Georgetown, 18 percent get into the University of Southern California and 29 percent get into Wake Forest, according to the U.S. Department of Education.