Arrest Removal Policy

About 20% of our articles relate to arrests. Roughly twice a week we write stories about who was arrested in the past week or weekend.

Our policy is to include every arrest for an offense. We’re not perfect and sometimes we miss some of them.

Arrests have been news for thousands of years. Every major news publication covers arrests, including the Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, New York Times, etc.

We frequently get contacted by people unhappy that we covered an arrest, typically their own arrest, or that of a family member or friend. Some are polite. Some are not. See our Contact Policy for more on that.

These contacts usually involve a request or demand that we remove someone from an arrest story. We are still working on a firm policy for these, but for now here’s our approach:

If you’re not polite, we will not respond other than to send you a link to our Contact Policy.

If the person involved has never been arrested before, and the case is dismissed, we will usually remove them from the arrest story after a polite and timely request is made. Please include proof that the case was dismissed.

If it’s not the first arrest, or the case is still pending, or the person pled guilty to something or was convicted, we’re generally not going to remove them.

If you feel that we have the facts wrong, please tell us what we got wrong and we will review to correct any errors. We try very hard to get the facts right and we appreciate polite corrections.

If you would like to make a statement about an arrest, you are free to do so in the comments on the article on our website, or on our Facebook page. If you are the person arrested or their lawyer, we will be happy to include a response in the article itself, subject to our own editing.