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Oregon Law Requires Disclosure of Some Parole Records

A former Oregon State prisoner, identified only as Turner, sued the state Department of Corrections (DOC) in state court under state Public Disclosure Law (PDL), Ore. Rev. Stat. 192.410 et seq., to compel disclosure of his parole file. The trial court found some of the records to be exempt from disclosure, and Turner appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Oregon held, under the PDL, that: (1) some psychiatric reports, if released, could compromise DOC operations, but to the extent that redaction can avoid that, they should be disclosed; (2) internal parole board memoranda of an advisory nature, or which consist only of factual data are subject to disclosure; and (3) documents may not be withheld simply because their content might prove embarrassing to DOC or parole board personnel. See: Turner v. Reed, 538 P.2d 373 (1975).

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Turner v. Reed