Navigating the bureaucracy to obtain documents from the government can be daunting — if you even know who to apply to and how. The Daily Press assisted a mother whose son was in jail and reportedly committed suicide when she wanted to obtain documents related to the death.
Our assistance to the family was part of a larger effort to get information on this death. Accessing the information relied heavily on Freedom of Information Act requests.
As part of Sunshine Week — which began Sunday, March 11, to recognize the importance of access to public information — our reporters will be sharing video explanations of how to obtain public records, the difficulty in obtaining records that you are entitled to get, the steps we had to take to tell this story and more. These videos will be released throughout Sunshine Week on our website.
You can read the original story and see the first video in the series by clicking here.
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