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Resource ID: #19534
Subject: Public Records
Source: Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)
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Date: January 22-24, 2002

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This three-day series, published simultaneously in newspapers across Arizona, is the result of a six-month effort by media organizations across Arizona. The goal was to find out how a citizen would be treated when testing the provision of Arizona's Public Records Law that allows for inspection of public records. Auditors from 21 media organizations were sent to 187 police departments, sheriff's departments, planning and zoning offices and school district offices. Findings revealed that agencies other than police complied with almost every request for public records, but auditors often faced resistance with law enforcement--including one agency that logged a suspicious person report on an auditor just for seeking a record, then ran a computer check on him and trailed him around town.

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