UIPA Memo 10-2
Request for Parolees' Files by Their Attorneys
OIP was asked whether the Hawaii Paroling Authority
(“HPA”) may keep the names of witnesses and informants
confidential in response to requests for disclosure of parolee records
submitted to the HPA Board. HPA further inquired as to whether disclosure
of the packet provided to the HPA Board complies with the UIPA in
response to requests for parolee files by the parolees’ legal
OIP found that the names of confidential witnesses or informants
may be excluded from disclosure if they are part of a report prepared
by the HPA at any stage of its enforcement work. Additionally, those
parts of records that would reveal the identity of confidential
sources may also be excluded from disclosure.
OIP also found that the HPA may offer attorneys the option of a
copy of the Parole Board packet instead of the parolee’s file.
However, the parolee file, excluding privileged information, must
be disclosed if the requester is unwilling to accept the HPA Board
packet as an alternative.