Are Inmate Records Public In Pennsylvania ?

In Nanayakkara v. Casella, 681 A.2d 857 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1996) the appellant was a prisoner who submitted a written request to examine his inmate records. In his appeal from the trial court's order this Court concluded that certain inmate records are not public records and that the appellant's request for inmate records was not sufficiently specific to determine whether to grant or to deny the request. Because the appellant provided no specific information, the Court held that the request was properly denied.