The University of California refuses to release a government study of organized crime in the 1940s and ’50s, the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press claims in court.
Joined by University of Iowa professor Stephen Bloom, the Reporters Committee asked Alameda County Court to order the release of the Special Crime Study Commission on Organized Crime, which is housed in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
The records fill 30 cartons, and according to the library’s catalog are closed to research until 2028.
The Crime Study Commission, appointed in 1947 by Gov. Earl Warren, was charged with exploring organized crime in California, particularly crimes involving gambling, racketeering and prostitution. At the time, it was the largest of its kind ever undertaken in California.