911 call release laws vary wildly by state

A New York Times search finds that nearly half of states don’t have a 911-specific law on the books

The public airing of 911 calls has long been a contentious subject, as they reveal the raw emotion, fear and sadness that inherently come with any tragedy. Some feel that public release of 911 calls is necessary, giving the public the full scope of a given tragedy or story. But others feel that those calls are private, revealing too much about the inner workings of a given event.

With the recent release of 911 calls associated with the tragedy of the Newtown school shootings, the New York Times law blog decided to take a look into the various laws surrounding the release of 911 calls. And as expected when laws are determined on a state-by-state basis, there seems to be no general consensus for how to govern 911 call releases throughout the country.

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