National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Should open-government violators go to jail?

Opinion from Donald Meyers at Salt Lake Tribune:

Lucy Dalglish, the dean of the University of Maryland’s journalism school, recently called for more incentives for government employees to hand over public documents.
 
"Nobody ever got fired from a government job for not responding to a FOIA request fast enough," Dalgish told a Sunshine Week gathering at North Carolina State University.
 
One North Carolina legislator, state Sen. Thom Goolsby, attempted to address that with Senate Bill 125. The bill would fine government employees who refuse to release public documents $200, or put them in jail for up to 20 days.