Something is wrong in the enforcement of the state’s new law protecting corrections officers’ personnel files from the prying and potentially dangerous eyes of prison inmates. It appears that enforcement isn’t occurring.
State Rep. Karen Jarmoc (D-Enfield) was the leader in the fight for the law which was designed to prevent prisoners from obtaining personal information of current and former employees of the Department of Corrections, including members and employees of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Jarmoc, never one to pass a law and then not follow-up on how it’s being enforced, says inmates are still making requests to the Freedom of Information Commission to view personal information. And they’re still being granted hearings in front of the commission.
Jarmoc is requesting that Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael Lawlor and Speaker of the House Chris Donovan meet with the Freedom of Information Commission to get a clarification on how the new law is to be enforced. In essence, why should inmates get an FOI hearing—at taxpayers’ expense—when they aren’t entitled to the files anyway? It’s a question worth answering.