March 2012

ACLU Foundation of Oregon Wins Public Records Case Against Jackson County Sheriff

By Lauren Cullop and David Fidanque

Government transparency, including the ability to inspect public records, is a critical element of a functioning democracy. This is especially true when public records involve issues of civil liberties. What happens, then, when a public agency makes accessing those records cost-prohibitive? The ACLU Foundation of Oregon recently found itself in this situation, and successfully fought for greater accessibility to records the public has the right to see.