Sheriff changes records policy

(PROWERS COUNTY, Colo.) -- Sheriff Jim Faull has changed his policy on releasing inmates' names after reading a series of news articles on the state open- records law.

The series was produced by members of The Associated Press and Colorado Press Association and surveyed the state's 63 counties to see which make information available to the public as required by the law.

After reading the series last week, Faull began posting a complete list of inmates in the county jail.

Last fall, the sheriff told a reporter he would release inmates' names only if the person asking had a good reason. Faull said he believed he could be held responsible if the information was misused, but learned that wasn't true.

(iSyndicate; Denver Rocky Mountain News; Nov. 22, 2000) Terms and Conditions: CopyrightO 2000 LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights Reserved.

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