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Missouri sheriff offices do not respond consistently to requests for public records

COLUMBIA – Ask for one day’s worth of arrest and incident reports from your
local sheriff, and you could get all the documents for free.

Or officials might charge hundreds of dollars and demand payment up front
before sending anything. Or they may not respond at all.

A Sunshine Law audit of Missouri’s 114 county sheriffs revealed vast inconsistencies in responses to requests for basic public information. Eighty-eight agencies responded

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