This week’s FOIA round-up: Boys and Girls Clubs abuse, Idaho public records workshops, and $1 million dollars in campus parking fees
A newsroom collective publishes a database spanning 70 years of abuse at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country. Idaho plans free public workshops on public records and open meeting laws. The University of Connecticut issues 966,000 dollars in parking violations in one year.
David Cuillier is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Arizona. He specializes in public records reporting and co-wrote the book, The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, the second edition of which is being released this month. The book teaches journalists and involved citizens how to gain access to public records, which he says is an art that requires understanding of the system and human behavior. For this week’s Requester’s Voice, Cuillier spoke to MuckRock about his book and the study he worked on this past year.
Idaho legislators are the first in the nation to pass transparency protections addressing concerns about risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system.
Idaho is one step closer to becoming the first state to make pretrial risk assessment algorithms more transparent and open to public scrutiny, addressing long festering concerns about the risk to civil rights of automated pretrial tools in criminal justice.