Q&A: Names of juveniles

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From The Indian­apolis Star:

Q: The Indian­apolis Metro­politan Police Department has stopped giving reporters the names of juveniles injured in accidents and as the result of violence and even those who are killed.

Is there a statute I can throw at them to convince them otherwise?

A: You can point out that victims’ names and ages are facts that must be made available to the public under the Access to Public Records Act, IC 5-14-3-5(c).

There isn’t an exception for juveniles who are accident or crime victims.

The only exception is for victims of sex crimes listed at IC 35-42-4.

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

 

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