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Michigan Prison Disciplinary Decisions not Subject to FOIA

Raymond Walen and David Desorcy (Prisoners) Michigan state prisoners, sued guards in state court under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Mich. Comp. Laws § 15.231 et seq. (Mich. Stat. Ann. § 4.1801(1) et seq.) to compel inspection of decisions and orders in prison disciplinary cases. The trial court dismissed the case, and the Prisoners appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Michigan found that prison disciplinary records were statutorily exempt from disclosure under the FOIA. On that basis, the Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the case. See: Walen v. Department of Corrections, 189 Mich.App. 373 N.W.2d 722 (1990).

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