Prison Legal News v. PA Dept. of Corrections

Appeal under Right to Know Law after request denied by Dept. of Corrections

Court/Assoc.: Commonwealth Court

Attorneys/Firms: Mary Catherine Roper (ACLU-PA)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has filed one of the first court appeals under Pennsylvania's new Right to Know Law (RTKL) on behalf of Prison Legal News (PLN), an independent monthly publication that reports on corrections and criminal justice-related issues. The appeal, filed yesterday in the Commonwealth Court, charges that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) has failed to comply with the new law, which was supposed to make it easier for people to gain access to public records held by government agencies.

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