It seems an unexpurgated prison medical manual is a dangerous as a shiv or a gun carved out of wood.
The State Records Committee ruled this past week that portions of the Utah Department of Corrections medical operations manual were properly classified as a protected record because the information could jeopardize prison security if it fell into the wrong hands. But, there are parts that could be considered public and suitable for release to an inmate.
Robert Baker, an inmate was appealing the corrections department's refusal to give him a copy of the manual. Baker, who participated in the hearing via telephone, had wanted the manual to know his rights as far as medical care goes.