Judge fines prison system over handling of records request

Local
corrections_department_1522079473576.jpg

A Pennsylvania judge is requiring the prison system to pay $1,500 for delayed and incomplete responses to a newspaper’s request for information about how a fly ash dump and possible water contamination may be affecting inmate health.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson sided last week with the Uniontown Herald-Standard, saying the Corrections Department delayed public-records access for three years.

The fine is the most allowed under the Right-to-Know Law.

Simpson says he may also make the agency pay the newspaper’s legal costs.

The judge is giving the Corrections Department about a month to produce pharmacy reports and chronic care clinic records.

Executive Editor Michael Palm says the Herald-Standard sought the records to see whether fly ash or water contamination was sickening people inside the prison or in a nearby community.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Stories

More Top Stories

Latest Videos

More Local

Don't Miss