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Five "grey areas" in state public records law

Five “grey areas” in state public records law

FOIA law governs access to public records at the Federal level, but each state mandates their own public records policies. Navigating the ambiguities in these state laws can prove cumbersome and frustrating to requesters - we’ve identified particularly irksome examples, and offer tips on what you can do about them.

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Help release the FBI’s files on notorious CIA-tied drug smuggler Barry Seal

Help release the FBI’s files on notorious CIA-tied drug smuggler Barry Seal

In response to a FOIA request filed by Emma Best back in June, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has located close to 22,000 pages of records on Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal, a notorious drug smuggler with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, whose life was most recently fictionalized in the 2017 film American Made.

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Help MuckRock investigate prison phone contracts in your state

Help MuckRock investigate prison phone contracts in your state

Throughout the country, prisons and jails of all sizes face an ongoing battle against the dangers of staffing shortages and contraband. Let MuckRock know you want us to look in your state for the financial incentives involved.

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Read the FBI's guide to Mardi Gras

Read the FBI’s guide to Mardi Gras

In response to a FOIA request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released several years worth of Special Event Threat Assessments regarding Mardi Gras, which as the Bureau repeatedly reminds us “literally means ‘Fat Tuesday’.” These mostly redacted reports warn of potential danger from religious fundamentalists, white supremacists, and, oddly enough, Occupy Mardi Gras

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In a number of Louisiana parishes, prisons receive over a 50% commission from inmate phone calls

In a number of Louisiana parishes, prisons receive over a 50% commission from inmate phone calls

Last fall, in the wake of news that Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish would be moving to video-only visitation, MuckRock began requesting materials from parish law enforcement throughout the state. We need your help to bring this scrutiny close to your home.

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