DCS says it will cost $55K for child death records

I noted the following headline in the Tennessean this morning:

DCS says it will cost $55K for child death records. Agency cites 7,000 miles of driving, 1,800 staff hours needed to find, copy, redact and hand-deliver files

via DCS says it will cost $55K for child death records | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.

Now let me get this straight, those records being asked for should be available for all to see upon request. That’s state law. DCS is charged with the care of the children of the state of Tennessee who have no one else to responsibly care for them and yet over 200 children have died or almost died in DCS’s care. There should be transparency there but this cost for providing the records is making it prohibitive for there to be public oversight.

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