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Closed Meeting Crash

This project will evaluate Massachusetts municipalities’ responsiveness to records requests, as well as which have kept up with reviewing and releasing the executive session minutes of their local boards, and which have not.

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The Weapons of Safety and Security in Massachusetts

Weapons are a ubiquitous tool for any police department in the United States. In Massachusetts, the choice of police weapons is delegated to the more than 340 individual police agencies within the state. What weapons have been chosen to provide safety and security to their operating areas?

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In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims' privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims’ privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

One of the frustrating ironies to come out of efforts to collect information on domestic violence is that sometimes the laws meant to protect victims get in the way of obtaining data that could be used to improve services to them.

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Join MuckRock and Boston Hassle on February 8th to celebrate civic engagement

Join MuckRock and Boston Hassle on February 8th to celebrate civic engagement

We know you have a lot of feelings about the future of our country and how we’re getting there. Come share them with us and learn about community efforts happening in Massachusetts.

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Worcester, Massachusetts spent nearly on $10,000 on a promotional video for its #AmazonHQ2 bid

Worcester, Massachusetts spent nearly on $10,000 on a promotional video for its #AmazonHQ2 bid

With so much competition for Amazon’s second home, cities across the country are shelling out to stand out. In a request for HQ2 bids, Worcester Economic Development revealed they spent $9,800 to produce a promotional video for their headquarter proposal.

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Depending on where you live, it can be really difficult to get a rape kit

Depending on where you live, it can be really difficult to get a rape kit

After hearing stories of women having to travel long distances to receive the rape kit exams that are guaranteed to them under the Violence Against Women Act, we began to file the same request with the health departments in all 50 states asking for locations where sexual assault forensic examiners are available on staff or on-call. Like most of the other data surrounding sexual assault policies, what we’ve found so far varies widely, and there are large deserts - huge, mostly rural areas without easy access to a medical examiner

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FOIA shows transparency growing pains and a failure to communicate

FOIA shows transparency growing pains and a failure to communicate

Progress rarely comes in a straight line, particularly when it comes to public records and transparency. This week, some stories about the ups and downs after reforms happen, including challenges at the state, local, and federal level.

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