Judge Says DCS Official Should Go to Jail

Jun 27, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has suggested someone from the Department of Children's Services should go to jail for making extensive redactions to the records of children who died.

Judge Carol McCoy earlier this year ruled that the department had to release to the media the records of children who had died or nearly died after DCS was supposed to be helping them. She authorized some redactions, but a recent batch of 44 files blacked out a lot of other information.

The state attorney general's office argued that the redactions were required to protect juvenile court records and medical information.

The Tennessean reports McCoy on Wednesday equated the redactions to contempt of court, saying "I need the name of the person responsible . someone who needs to sit in the pokey."