DCS to Release Child Fatality Records at No Cost

The Department of Children’s Services will release at no cost all records from July 2012 going forward of children who died or nearly died while in its custody, the Tennessean reports. During an ongoing legal battle with the Tennessean and other news organizations to release the files, DCS originally said it would charge the news organizations over $30,000 to make copies of more than 200 records from January 2009 to June 2012. In response to a second request from The Tennessean and other media groups for more recent records spanning the period from July 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, the agency again set a high price tag. This week however, an attorney for the agency said DCS Commissioner Jim Henry now views releasing the records as part of the agency’s day-to-day responsibilities.