Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco to protect the identities of violent crime victims and witnesses cleared the Law and Public Safety Committee today. The bill (A3626) prohibits the release of identifying personal information in response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.
“Violent crime can have a life-long impact on the victims, and on the witnesses of such acts as well,” said Bucco (R—Morris). “This bill Protects their identities and shields them from the fear of additional physical or verbal harm. Protecting the privacy and safety of the victims, now and in the future, should be a paramount concern of the State”
The name, address and age of any victim of crime is public record under current law. Bucco’s bill clarifies the law so all personal information of violent crime victims and witnesses are kept confidential.