How well does the Open Records Law work in the cities and towns of Rhode Island? (1997)

The purpose of this study is to answer the question "How well does the Open Records Law work in the cities and towns of Rhode Island?" by providing the first systematic data on the implementation of it. The authors visited all 39 cities and towns in the state and requested a variety of documents, all covered by the state's Open Records Act, from the city/town clerk, the school department, and the police department. In addition to measuring compliance in terms of receiving the documents, the ease of obtaining the records was examined, and in the case of the minutes from meetings, the quality of records was also examined.