Bill Would Also Keep Victims’ Requests Confidential
TRENTON – Crime victims wouldn’t have to pay to get official records related to a crime they suffered and their requests would be kept confidential, under legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and approved by a Senate committee today. The bill, S-1524, gained the support of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.
“Crime victims shouldn’t have to pay for crime reports and other documents containing information about the crimes they suffered,” said Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen). “They already ‘paid the price’ of being victimized. This will ensure they aren’t asked to also submit payment for records pertaining to their case.”
Under the bill, a crime victim would not be charged for any law enforcement report, domestic violence report or restraining order. The measure would also amend the Open Public Records Act to keep these requests from being disclosed.
“These protections are especially important to victims of domestic violence,” said Senator Weinberg. “They could be at risk of being victimized again if the person who harmed them is able to access sensitive information submitted to the authorities.”
The committee approved the legislation by a vote of 5-0. The bill next heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.