The ACLU of Rhode Island works daily to improve citizens' access to public records and meetings through litigation, public education and advocacy.
Why is open government important?
- Openness in government is a linchpin of democracy, ensuring that the voters have the information they need to choose their leaders and then evaluate their performance in office.
- Public access to information is an essential tool in the fight against corruption in government.
- Public access to information can save taxpayer dollars and expose poor government practices.
The public has the right to know what its government is doing. After all, isn't our government supposed to be "of the people, by the people, and for the people”?
One of the most vital aspects of an open government is public access to government records. Accessing Public Records in Rhode Island includes an explanation of the APRA request process and gives you tips on requesting public records.