Georgia’s Open Records Act (ORA), O.C.G.A. §50-18-70, et seq., makes most government records available to the public.
Common exceptions to ORA in the GDC’s records:
- Offender central office and institutional files (including, but not limited to, disciplinary reports, grievances, housing assignments, inmate telephone system call information and emails, and security classifications);
- Investigations and intelligence information compiled by the Office of Professional Standards;
- Personal information about the GDC’s employees;
- Policies and procedures that could compromise safety and security at a prison or contain information that could be used by an offender or someone else to commit a crime; and
- Offender medical and mental health records (without a HIPAA compliant consent form).
GDC Response & Cost
- The GDC has three (3) business days to provide an initial response.
- Copies of documents (non-medical) are $0.10 each.
- The fee for searching for and redacting public records is billed at the hourly pay rate for the lowest paid employee who is qualified to conduct the work.