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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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One year into our project to track the extent of the rape kit backlog

One year into our project to track the extent of the rape kit backlog

Vanessa Nason, who runs our “Counting the Uncounted: The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Project,” reflects on a year spent tracking down the extent of the rape kit backlog in America.

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Looking at the lead in Massachusetts schools: Part Two

Looking at the lead in Massachusetts schools: Part Two

As we wrote last week, the school districts of Attleboro, Brockton, Leicester, Middleborough, and Quincy, all found the highest levels of lead in their school buildings. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at all of them.

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Looking at the lead in Massachusetts schools: Part One

Looking at the lead in Massachusetts schools: Part One

Statewide testing conducted last year shows that hundreds of public schools across Massachusetts, reported high levels of lead in their drinking water, putting thousands of students at risk for long-term health effects. However, despite the danger, these tests remain optional under current law.

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Sunshine Spotlight: Massachusetts - A newsletter tracking public records woes in the Bay State

Sunshine Spotlight: Massachusetts - A newsletter tracking public records woes in the Bay State

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.

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Public records reveal staffing and caseload concerns for agency responsible for protecting adults with disabilities in Massachusetts

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.

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