The MBTA won’t keep its arrests secret after all. After initially asserting that arrest information was confidential under state law, the MBTA reversed course this month, saying it will now provide the names and addresses of people its police department takes into custody. The policy shift followed a Globe story about the agency’s decision to keep its arrests under wraps and appeals with the state Supervisor of Records, which oversees public access to government documents.
MBTA says itâ€™s allowed to black out names in logMBTA police are saying theyâ€™re allowed to redact from logs the names of those they arrest. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File)For decades, police departments across Massachusetts have maintained a public log of arrests. But in a break with tradition, the MBTA Transit Police are now claiming the right to black out the names of everyone they arrest.
For decades, police departments across Massachusetts have maintained a public log of arrests. But in a break with tradition, the MBTA Transit Police are now claiming the right to black out the names and addresses of everyone they arrest. In a pair of recent letters to the Globe, the MBTA said its policy was justified under the state’s Criminal Offender Records Information Act, a stance that drew sharp criticism from open records advocates.
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