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CLS Amicus Brief Helps Protect the Privacy of People with Criminal Records

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CLS Amicus Brief Helps Protect the Privacy of People with Criminal Records

Date Posted: 
05/31/2019

CLS played a part in a recent victory for people with criminal records. On May 28, 2019, a federal court jury rendered a $67 Million verdict in a class action against Bucks County, PA, for disseminating criminal record information of more than 67,000 people on an “Inmate Lookup Tool.”  The county was found to have willfully violated the PA Criminal History Record Information Act for releasing--online and available to the public--incarceration information (including photos, personal information and charges) from as far back as 1938. While the case was on appeal to the Third Circuit after the denial of defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, CLS was asked to provide an amicus brief (below) describing the significant obstacles that people with criminal records face when their records are open to the public. CLS attorney Janet Ginzberg took the lead on writing the brief. The brief was cited by the Third Circuit in its affirmation of the denial of summary judgment (page 23).

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