Changes to the Massachusetts Public Records Law went into effect in January 2017, but much like the old version of the law, the new rules are only as effective as those charged with enforcing it will allow it to be. MuckRock is launching a newsletter to keep residents and journalists informed about the various public record request debacles requesters run up against.
Public records reveal staffing and caseload concerns for agency responsible for protecting adults with disabilities in Massachusetts
Despite the growing number of reported abuses against adults with disabilities in Massachusetts, the agencies responsible for responding to complaints haven’t been able to staff up at a comparable rate.
The Bristol County Sheriff’s Department is on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed last week alleging improper billing practices that have doubled inmates’ phone bills.
Last month, we launched our Protecting LGBTQ+ Youth from Conversion Therapy project, an attempt to use public records to learn more about the poorly-understood practice. But there are definite challenges to understanding the impact of conversion therapy in America, and we’re going to need help to get further into our investigation.
MuckRock’s Eesha Pendharkar sifted through the last four years of our request data to create a series of visualizations of of what transparency looks like across the country.
C. Scott Ananian sent this request to the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance of the United States of America