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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Arkansas AG files lawsuit to force Arkansas Corrections Board to adhere to state FOIA laws

After filing a lawsuit Friday against all seven members of the Arkansas Board of Corrections, Attorney General Tim Griffin issued the following statement:

“Today I filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against the Arkansas Board of Corrections for three violations of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Two of the violations were illegal executive sessions held by the board, the result of one such session being the illegal hiring of an outside counsel without following the process required by law. The third was an improper response to a FOIA request I sent to the board earlier this week.

In the lawsuit, I am asking the court to take three actions: First, to void the board’s illegal agreement entered into with an outside counsel because that agreement was the direct result of an illegal executive session. Second, to void the board’s decision to appoint an acting executive in charge of the Department of Corrections because that decision was also the direct result of an illegal executive session. And third, to order the board to fully respond to my FOIA request

“The Board of Correction's has shown a complete disregard for the law, so I am asking the court to step in to compel compliance.”

To read the filing, click here.

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