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State denies public records request for photos of vehicle theft suspects

  • Author: Kyle Hopkins
  • Updated: June 30, 2018
  • Published June 29, 2018

The Department of Corrections has denied an Anchorage Daily News public records request asking for booking photos of the more than 400 people charged with vehicle theft in 2017.

The request, made May 11, is part of ongoing reporting by the Daily News on record property crime in Anchorage.

The state on June 18 cited the right to privacy of the car theft suspects in denying the request. Read the denial here. The Daily News has filed an appeal with Commissioner Dean Williams, arguing that state law does not specifically exempt the photos and that they are indeed public.

Department spokeswoman Megan Edge said the department had no comment on the matter  beyond the language of the initial denial, pending a response to the appeal, expected in early July.

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