Panel upholds Utah prisons' records policy for inmates

November 19, 2012 2:06 PM

From Daily Herald:

SALT LAKE CITY -- A state panel upheld a new policy by the Utah Department of Corrections that limits the number of documents it provides free of charge to inmates.

However, prisons must find a way for inmates to review records they can't afford to have copied, the panel said.

The ruling stemmed from an appeal filed by indigent inmate Michael Luesse, who made three record requests in May under the state's Government Records Access and Management Act. He learned more than a month later about the new policy that caps free copies at 100 pages per inmate annually.