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.
The #DeeperThanWater FOIA project is an effort of the Deeper Than Water Coalition, which aims to expose the injustice of mass incarceration through the lens of water justice. This specific project aims to make available all public documents pertaining to the ongoing refusal of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide safe and clean drinking water to prisoners detained at MCI-Norfolk and surrounding facilities.
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.
Back for a second year, FOIA March Madness pits 64 federal government agencies against each other to process an identical request for standard materials, a battle for the title of Most Responsive Agency.
Now entering its third year, FOIA March Madness pits 64 federal government agencies against each other to process an identical request for standard materials, a battle for the title of Most Responsive Agency.
Now entering year four, FOIA March Madness pits 64 federal government agencies against each other to process an identical request for standard materials, a battle for the title of Most Responsive Agency.
Documenting extremist and hate groups through government documents, ranging from the small time racist groups to the domestic terrorist branches of the KKK. This project takes an inclusive approach of identifying hate groups, regardless of whether they focus on race, sexual identity, religion, etc. Many of the groups were identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In our culture of expanding surveillance, we are constantly encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. What can be done when the people you want to hold accountable are the police themselves? This project means to subvert that attention from our fellow citizens towards law enforcement.
The phone line can also be a lifeline when trapped behind bars. But telephone access isn’t a right in U.S. prisons, and for many, the cost of a call would be prohibitive - if it weren’t just so essential to maintaining relationships with loved ones on the outside.
Every day, American inmates find themselves on the open road, hurtling toward their next holding cell. With little in the way of medical training, food, bathrooms, and patience, the circumstances can be far worse than where they're going - if they make it.
Call it what you will, experts agree that solitary confinement sucks. The technicalities of terminology may seem like a small issue–on the inside, there can be dozens of names for the "hole" you're in – but for policy makers and and rule breakers, the official glossary category can have important implications for restrictions, record keeping, and reform.
Here is our collection of solitary confinement policies from across the fifty states and the federal agencies.
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.
We'll be shining a light on your Bay State public records struggle! Trouble getting meeting minutes from your city council? Are your local police refusing to release logs or other public information? Whatever your public records struggle, we want to hear about it!
For over a century, dental professionals have been using amalgams containing mercury to fill cavities. But in an age of assumption testing, is tradition enough to keep it up? Help MuckRock find out what the federal government has to say about the most controversial element in our mouths today.
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.
In 2015, the Massachusetts legislature seriously took on the issue of reforming its woefully inadequate public records laws for the first time since the early '70s.
But change does not come easily to the Commonwealth, and open gov advocates found themselves faced with an up(Beacon)battle over even the mildest of fixes.
Transgender students face even higher rates of discrimination and violence than lesbian, gay and bisexual youth. As a result, their access to a safe and successful education is threatened daily. While politicians, parents, and the public debate legitimacy, we want to see what schools are doing to support transgender students.