Supreme Court orders reconsideration on prison employee evaluation access

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The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered a reconsideration on whether the Newport prison superintendent’s employee evaluation should be public.

The state was sued shortly after a report was released that detailed what went wrong that led to the deaths of seven inmates several years ago.

The lawsuit was filed by Barry Kade, a lawyer who is active on prisoner rights issues.

He wanted access to the employee evaluations of former Newport prison Superintendent Kathleen Lanman.

Judge Alan Cook rejected the request because many personnel records are exempt from public disclosure.

But the Supreme Court says the judge should have considered the possible public benefit of a release. Cook has been ordered to look at the records and decide again.

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