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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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Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

The severe, gray, concrete walls of prison sometimes give way to unexpected bursts of color and potential moments of inspiration. The Massachusetts Department of Correction revealed some of these in a recent public records release containing photographs of several motivational posters hanging on its prison walls.

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For first time in state's history, Massachusetts Attorney General sues agencies for not complying with public records law

For first time in state’s history, Massachusetts Attorney General sues agencies for not complying with public records law

After a two-year legal battle, a Suffolk County District Judge has ordered three District Attorneys in Massachusetts to release records to The Boston Globe following a lawsuit spearheaded by the state’s Attorney General, Maura Healey. This is the first time the state AG has sued another agency for failing to release records.

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Access to police records is an issue all across the country

Access to police records is an issue all across the country

Public records advocates have always fought for stronger laws that allow for better oversight and accountability. Despite these efforts, law enforcement agencies are still finding loopholes to allow for the retention of information. While new police transparency bills in California and a recent public records overhaul in Massachusetts are huge victories for access, requesters still face serious barriers when trying to peek past the thin blue line.

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#AmazonHQ2 and transparency: An ongoing post-mortem

#AmazonHQ2 and transparency: An ongoing post-mortem

More than a year after Amazon released its HQ2 RFP and weeks after it announced the winners, a majority of #AmazonHQ2 bids submitted to the company are still not public. MuckRock and other news outlets obtained many of those that are through public records requests - we break down what has and hasn’t been released.

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University records prove difficult to obtain despite transparency efforts

University records prove difficult to obtain despite transparency efforts

Looking to get records from your alma mater? Make sure you do your research - getting records from college campuses may not be as straightforward as you would think.

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