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Judge: Convicts May No Longer Shred Documents


December 13, 2011

In the wake of concern raised by a news organization, a Texas judge has called for an end to a Dallas County program that allowed convicted criminals on probation or parole to meet their community service requirements "by destroying thousands of sensitive documents--including psychiatric exams of juveniles, copies of Social Security cards, birth certificates, court records, drug tests and even medical records," WFAA reports. County Judge Clay Jenkins has taken action to stop the practice, the report states. "It's important we protect the confidential data the people entrust the government with. Period," he said. "And we need to make sure we get that done right."
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