DENVER (AP) – A bill to give the public more information about rapes, assaults and other crimes at the state’s youth detention facilities has won unanimous initial approval in the Colorado Senate.

The bill approved Monday ends an exemption from the Colorado Open Records Act for the Department of Youth Corrections.

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The bill requires the release of critical incident reports with the names of juveniles redacted.

The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs has been forbidden access to records of incidents in the state’s youth detention facilities, even though the paper asked for the records with identifying information removed.

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The bill has already passed the House. But senators have amended the measure, so it must return to the House after one more formal Senate vote.

LINK: House Bill 1131

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