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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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Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state

Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state

For the legal world of the living considers, the deceased generally lack a right to privacy, their government records suddenly subject to disclosure. But in each state, laws limit what can be released to whom.

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In some Louisiana parishes, over half of inmate phone fees go back to the prison itself

In some Louisiana parishes, over half of inmate phone fees go back to the prison itself

As part of a MuckRock investigation into the commission structures of jail phone use, we’ve received reports from a handful of Bayou State parishes, helping to expand our understanding of how phone fees work in the country’s most incarcerated state.

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Louisiana Department of Insurance complaints highlights growing problems in the bail and bounty industry

Louisiana Department of Insurance complaints highlights growing problems in the bail and bounty industry

Since 2009, the Louisiana Department of Insurance has recorded 247 complaints against bail enforcement agents, also called bounty hunters. The list of reasons given on the spreadsheet provided indicate that the wide range of problems that exist in an industry notoriously free of oversight, and range from abusive behavior to outright theft.

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