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Inmates make up nearly a third of California’s firefighting force

Inmates make up nearly a third of California’s firefighting force

With regular blazes the “new normal” on the West Coast, prison labor continues to play a huge role in battling them.

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Puerto Rico looks to privatize its prison system

Puerto Rico looks to privatize its prison system

As part of efforts to rebuild and restructure Puerto Rico after last fall’s destructive hurricane season, the island territory is actively planning to use private prisons on the mainland to house a third of its current inmate population.

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Governor Jay Inslee vetoes efforts to thwart Washington transparency

Governor Jay Inslee vetoes efforts to thwart Washington transparency

After a court ruled state legislators and senators were subject to Washington’s Public Records Act, elected officials there quickly moved, with no public hearings, to make sure that emails and many other would continued to be kept from public. After an unprecedented backlash, Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed the bill and the legislature has agreed to get more public feedback before any changes are made.

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"Phoenix is hot" and other unexpected trademarks owned by the Arizona capitol

“Phoenix is hot” and other unexpected trademarks owned by the Arizona capitol

Request for records related to Phoenix, Arizona’s federally trademarked bird symbol reveals a surprising trove of city-owned phrases.

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Officials’ Facebook posts remain a public records grey area

Officials’ Facebook posts remain a public records grey area

With the option to air grievances and conduct discussions via direct messages and private posts, some cities are able to sidestep public records laws. Is yours among them?

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