ACLU, Dept. Of Corrections Settle Public Records Lawsuit

November 21, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the state Department of Corrections have settled a legal dispute about records dealing with inmate housing at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in the Panhandle.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in August against the department, claiming the agency had rejected public-records requests that involved computerized information about housing assignments and cell or bunk assignments.

But in a settlement dated Monday, the department agreed to provide in an electronic format any number of “bed run” reports requested by the ACLU. Also, the state agreed to pay $4,000 in legal fees and costs.

In a prepared statement Wednesday, ACLU attorney Benjamin Stevenson said the settlement “signals a policy change. The department should no longer refuse the ACLU or any other Floridian’s request to extract public information from its databases.”


One Response to “ACLU, Dept. Of Corrections Settle Public Records Lawsuit”

  1. David Huie Green on November 21st, 2013 6:28 am

    Spending public money to try to keep the public from knowing what public servants are doing? “You can’t handle the truth?” or simply “I don’t want you to know the truth”?

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