Indiana borough police chief William Sutton visited the
JRNL 328 News Reporting class taught by David Loomis on Wednesday, February 24, to discuss the Pennsylvania Right
to Know Law and the state’s Criminal History Record Information Act.
statutes govern what and how police information can be released to the public.
Sutton told students that expungements—the legal process
by which people found guilty of first-time infractions can erase all official
records of their cases by appealing to local courts—had multiplied during his
15 years on the job in Indiana and had begun to adversely affect law
“It’s a huge, huge problem,” Sutton said. “It’s frustrating.
Courts hand out expungements like they are candy.”
Students peppered Sutton with questions during and after the