Is Police Misconduct a Secret in Your State?

In New Jersey, police misconduct findings are rarely made public. The WNYC study ranks access to these records in New Jersey as confidential versus many other states where access is either public or limited.  See the article for interesting color-coded diagrams showing state by state openness. -NJFOG

Oct 15, 2015
by Robert Lewis, Noah Veltman and Xander Landen
(Full article HERE.)

If a police officer in your community has a history of misconduct, can you find out about it? It depends where you live.

WNYC spoke to attorneys and experts in all 50 states and reviewed relevant statutes and court cases to get a national picture of a local issue. We found that a police officer’s disciplinary history is effectively confidential in almost half of US states.

In some of these states, the law explicitly exempts these records from public view. In others, records are secret in practice because police departments routinely withhold them under vague legal standards or in spite of court precedents.

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