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As Sunshine Week draws to a close, state legislatures are set to review a number of records bills across the nation

As Sunshine Week draws to a close, state legislatures are set to review a number of records bills across the nation

As we wrap up Sunshine Week 2019, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of transparency bills currently making the rounds throughout state houses and senates.

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UPDATED: Police warn against the dangers of marijuana candy, but report no incidents

UPDATED: Police warn against the dangers of marijuana candy, but report no incidents

Public agencies’ annual Halloween candy notices are prevalent across social media and news publications. Marijuana candy, in particular, increasingly dominates fearful headlines ahead of the holiday as more states legalize recreational use of the drug.

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Most campus records at private colleges remain protected from public disclosure

Most campus records at private colleges remain protected from public disclosure

Recent police calls on people of color remind us that private universities operate on accountability mechanisms different than their public counterparts.

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R.I.P. Hunter S. Thompson

R.I.P. Hunter S. Thompson

Thirteen years ago, the writer Hunter S. Thompson sat down at his kitchen desk - a typewriter at his seat and a Smith and Wesson Model 645 in his hand - and never stood again.

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Despite reform efforts, state and local police are still teaming up with federal law enforcement to seize millions

Despite reform efforts, state and local police are still teaming up with federal law enforcement to seize millions

In recent years many states have begun to to reform civil asset forfeiture, by either reducing the percentage of money police are allowed to keep, or reducing the number of situations in which assets are allowed to be seized. While some of these efforts have been more successful than others, a practice called Equitable Sharing continues to undercut these efforts and keep the worst excesses of police seizure alive.

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