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How journalists can get around FOIA's waiting game

How journalists can get around FOIA’s waiting game

Public records aficionados know they’re in for a waiting game - requests can take weeks or years to get a response. In a 24-hour news cycle, how are last week’s documents still relevant?

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Florida inmates are latest in fight against mandatory solitary for death row residents

Florida inmates are latest in fight against mandatory solitary for death row residents

Recent reports of solitary’s harmful effects have helped bolster cases in multiple states where the capitally-condemned await their fates.

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How to FOIA secret algorithms and White House summits

How to FOIA secret algorithms and White House summits

Sometimes the most direct way to get the answers you want is through a rejection, and sometimes it’s through another agency entirely. In this week’s FOIA roundup, some great examples of creative and persistent requesting that overcame the odds to expose public scrutiny in hard-to-reach places. Plus, FOIA comedy.

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Florida's cat overlords deny access to dog registration data

Florida’s cat overlords deny access to dog registration data

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. The response from Jacksonville, Florida will have you wondering whether or not the state statutes are really protecting their citizen’s privacy, or - the more logical conclusion - serving the whims of their cat overlords.

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Private prisons still pose plenty of unanswered questions

Private prisons still pose plenty of unanswered questions

Private prisons face many of the same obstacles as their public counterparts: drugs, violence, rowdy inmates or rowdy correctional officers. But their operations and how they manage these ubiquitous issues remain a black spot on the corrections ecosystem.

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