This week in public records: Pennsylvania – New Mexico – Virgin Islands

Pennsylvania’s HB1746, which is now the law, makes law enforcement and criminal court records of a juvenile available to the public if the accused was over 14 years old at the time of the offense, and the crime would have been considered a felony if committed by an adult.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Recorder of Deeds index is online for documents recorded September 1, 1999 through June 14, 2006. Images of the documents can be purchased at the site.

The First Amendment Center carried an AP report that the New Mexico State Police have changed their policy on public access to arrest logs.

The New Mexico State Police office in Santa Fe has stopped providing the names and charges of those arrested in a daily log for public review.

Capt. Manny Gutierrez, commander of the district that includes Santa Fe, San Miguel, Los Alamos and Sandoval counties, said an arrest log isn’t required by law, and his staff is too busy to provide it.

“Within the last few months, we’ve decided that we are not going to provide that information. … All we’re really required to do is provide access to the desk logs,” Gutierrez said.

Neither the arrest log — a list of people arrested — nor the desk log — a chronological account of the date, officer, location and disposition of each police call — are required by the state Inspection of Public Records Act.


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