Illinois FOIA Updates Inmate Exemptions

August 22, 2017

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has been updated, effective August 4, 2017, to add 3 new exemptions applicable to inmate requests:

(e-8) Records requested by a person committed to the Department of Corrections or a county jail, the disclosure of which would result in the risk of harm to any person or the risk of an escape from a jail or correctional institution or facility.

(e-9) Records requested by a person in a county jail or committed to the Department of Corrections containing personal information pertaining to the person’s victim or the victim’s family, including, but not limited to, a victim’s home address, home telephone number, work or school address, work telephone number, social security number, or any other identifying information, except as may be relevant to a requester’s current or potential case or claim.

(e-10) Law enforcement records of other persons requested by a person committed to the Department of Corrections or a county jail, including, but not limited to, arrest and booking records, mug shots, and crime scene photographs, except as these records may be relevant to the requester’s current or potential case or claim.

These exemptions only apply to requests received from detained or incarcerated individuals, and are meant to prevent inmates from obtaining information which could be used to harass or intimidate crime victims, witnesses, and other inmates.

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