In the Matter of a Complaint by FINAL DECISION


Len Butler,




against Docket #FIC 86-163


Connecticut Prison Association,


Respondent November 18, 1986


The above-captioned matter was heard as a contested case on July 10, 1986, at which time the complainant and the respondent appeared and presented testimony, exhibits and argument on the complaint.


After consideration of the entire matter, the following facts are found:


1. By letter of complaint filed with the Commission on June 5, 1986 the complainant alleged that the respondent had denied him access to records relating to the State of Connecticut's prosecution of one Michael Denby in connection with the death of the complainant's brother.


2. The respondent claims that it is a private, non-profit organization, not a public agency within the meaning of 1-18a(a), G.S., that it does not maintain information about inmates and that it never received a request for information regarding Mr. Denby.


3. The complainant does not dispute any of the respondent's claims, indicating at hearing that he may have confused the respondent with another agency which he believed was public.


4. No evidence was offered at hearing that the respondent is a public agency within the meaning of 1-18a(a), G.S.


Docket #FIC 86-163 Page Two


The following order by the Commission is hereby recommended on the basis of the record concerning the above-captioned complaint.


1. The complaint is hereby dismissed.


Approved by order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its special meeting of November 18, 1986.


Karen J. Haggett

Clerk of the Commission