We write in response to your April 17, 2019 request for information pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA). Your specific request is noted below along with our corresponding response.
I am requesting all law enforcement agency reports "detailing the property or money forfeited during the previous calendar year and the use or disposition of the property or money" covering 2018 and sent to the general treasurer pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 21-28-5.04(d). I am also requesting the general treasurer's annual forfeiture reports, as well as cover letters, covering 2018 that it usually submits to the general assembly. I am also requesting final datasets and spreadsheets (preferably in csv or Excel files) used to aggregate the data used in the 2018 general treasurer forfeiture report to the general assembly.
The Office of the Rhode Island General Treasurer does not maintain documents responsive to your request. The Office is in the process of gathering the information in order to submit the annual forfeiture report. Please advise if you would like to receive a copy of that report once submitted. You may wish to review the attached report which will be included in the 2018 report to the General Assembly.
If you contend you have been denied access to public records, pursuant to R.I.G.L. 38-2-8, you may appeal this decision to Amy L. Crane, General Counsel, 50 Service Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 02886. You may also file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 or the Rhode Island Superior Court of the county where the records are maintained.
Additional information regarding the Access to Public Records Act may be found at http://www.riag.ri.gov/civil/opengovernment. Thank you for your interest in keeping government open and accountable to the public.