Right to Know Law
Notice: The following information is deemed accurate, but does not constitute and is not intended to provide legal advice. Anyone needing such advice or seeking guidance for decisions and actions involving the Right to Know Law should consult a legal professional.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law (RTKL), 65 P. S. §§ 67.101-67.3104, provides citizens the right of access to public records, and sets forth the conditions under which a document maintained by a Commonwealth agency is deemed a public record. It also imposes time limits within which an agency must respond to requests for public records, and provides a process whereby the requester may file an appeal when a request for information is denied in whole or part.
Requests for public records information under the RTKL relating to the: (1) Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, (PBPP); (2) Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB); (3) Office of Victim Advocate (OVA); and (4) County Probation and Parole Officers' Firearm Education and Training Commission (FETC) shall be made and directed to:
Agency Open Records Officer
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
1101 South Front Street, Suite 5100
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2521
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday
The RTKL Request Form is available HERE at the PBPP website and the Commonwealth’s Office of Open Records HERE.
The PBPP, SOAB, OVA, and FETC Right to Know Law Policy, effective January 1, 2009, that includes the relevant fee schedule, is available HERE.
Additionally, the Commonwealth’s Office of Open Records fee schedule is available HERE.
When a request is denied or deemed denied, whether in whole or in part, the requester may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records, where it will be assigned to an Appeals Officer. This appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denied. The appeal must state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is public and should address any grounds stated by the agency for delaying or denying the request. The appeal shall be sent to:
The Commonwealth Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Website: Commonwealth Office of Open Records