Q&A: ID to receive public records?


From The Trailblazer (Vincennes University):

Q: The Knox County Deten­tion Center requires ID to be provided in order to review the booking records.

Is each detention center given freedom to make their own regulations for releasing such information? 

A: I’m not aware of any requirement to show ID to inspect public records of a jail.

Ask the detention center for the Indiana code citation for the ID requirement to inspect a document under the state’s Access to Public Records Act.

If they can give you a code citation, I’ll be happy to check it to see if I agree that it would give them legal authority to require the ID.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.