U.S. Marshals hires private prison giant CoreCivic to hold 1,350 prisoners in Mississippi

U.S. Marshals hires private prison giant CoreCivic to hold 1,350 prisoners in Mississippi

Private prison company CoreCivic sees growth in demand from U.S. Marshals Service as part of its forward-moving plan.

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A whole lot of transparency: MuckRock users file 50,000 requests

A whole lot of transparency: MuckRock users file 50,000 requests

MuckRock’s amazing community of FOIA and public records enthusiasts have crossed another milestone: A user recently filed the site’s 50,000th requests, the 9,486th request this year.

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MuckRock Release Notes: Streamlined support, upgraded export, fixed FAQs

MuckRock Release Notes: Streamlined support, upgraded export, fixed FAQs

Last week, we rolled out a big change on our backend, unifying how we handle support tickets. We also improved our data export tools for Professional and Organizational users, and fixed a bug when submitting requests to a bunch of new agencies (there were some errors when you included over 30 or so new agencies in a single request).

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This week’s round-up: Trump offers tours to golfing buddies, lawsuit reveals tax assessor taking shortcuts, a weird public records story in California gets even weirder

This week’s round-up: Trump offers tours to golfing buddies, lawsuit reveals tax assessor taking shortcuts, a weird public records story in California gets even weirder

For this week’s FOIA round-up, public records help confirm a story about President Donald Trump bringing members of his golf club on Air Force One, a lawsuit shows tax assessor pulling property values from Zillow, and a California city takes a stand against one reporter’s dogged crusade to keep city records secret.

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FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction

FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s track record with FOIA has never been good, it’s hard not to argue that it has recently gotten exponentially worse. In just the last few years, the Bureau has thrown out thousands of FOIA requests because there were too “burdensome,” investigated FOIA requesters, redacted the names of fictional characters and engaged in questionable fees practices. However, just last month, the FBI hit a new low and declared that - contrary to all statute and case law - the dead have an expectation of privacy.

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Projects See all

  • The Private Prison Project

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    • 44% funded
    • $4470.00 raised
    • 110 backers
    For-profit detention continues to reap the rewards of an incarceration system filled to the brim and facing an uncertain future. Our FOIA requests have released thousands of documents that show how for-profit prisons have leveraged the legal system to their advantage, letting companies pick-and-choose inmates to off-load costs, ignore complaints and concerns, and create dangerous conditions for prisoners and staff alike. This is all done while billions of taxpayer dollars are funneled into these private companies, which then pour millions into politicians' campaigns to keep their growth going. With your help, we can provide needed scrutiny of an industry few are even aware exists.

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  • Subjects Matter: FBI Files

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    • 43% funded
    • $2150.00 raised
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    This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI archival material we've released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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  • Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project

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    • 44% funded
    • $1555.00 raised
    • 22 backers
    Despite an estimated 175,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits that sit untested in evidence rooms and crime labs across the country, there is no federal law in place mandating policies or testing of kits, and we don't know how many more go uncounted. This project aims to end that, one city and one kit at a time.

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  • FOIA 101: Tips and Tricks to Make You a Transparency Master

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    Whether it's your first request or your first request *today,* it never hurts to go over the basics. MuckRock's compiled a lot of FOIA advice over the years, and with this project, it's all in one place.

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