People’s Arrest Records And Mugshots Go Social On Facebook

The police department in Boscawen, N.H. have started the practice of posting people’s mugshots on Facebook. One person claims to have lost a job when the police posted his name and mugshot on the social network. Jacob Hooper is a local teenager who was arrested for underage drinking. He found out that his mugshot was […]

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City Loses $1.4 Million Public Records Lawsuit

An Ohio man has won a $1.4 million dollar lawsuit against the city of Bucyrus, OH. The suit was filed against the city over public records that were destroyed from 16 years ago. Edwin Davila filed the lawsuit in June 2009 because the city of Bucyrus could not provide 9-1-1 tape recordings he’d requested from […]

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Florida Public Records Seminar

The Naples Daily News will co-sponsor a public seminar on Florida’s public record laws in September 2010 inform people about the state’s open records and open meetings laws. The First Amendment Foundation and the Florida Bar Media & Communications Committee produce the Florida public records seminars that are held throught the state. These organizations also […]

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Millions Of California Public Records Shredded Without Oversight

Millions of California public records have been destroyed over the past 10 years by counties and cities with little or no oversight on the process. Most of the public records shredding occurs under policies enacted to shield county and city governments from lawsuits. Although digital data storage has become cheaper, California counties, cities and other […]

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Senate Bill Would Require Public Records Be Published Online

A test bill in the U.S. Senate would mandate that federal government publish all public records on the internet. The proposed bill does not change what is classified as public records, it just requires agencies to post those records online that they are already responsible for. The bill would provide faster access to public records […]

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