What FOIA is and isn’t getting about the Trump administration, plus using privacy software to evade transparency in Michigan.
Phone calls at the Mecosta County Jail last year, current population 93, cost inmates and their families nearly $173,000, and records released by the Sheriff’s Department suggest only half of calls made were even connected, leaving inmates and family members to pay tens of thousands of dollars for calls that never happened.
This week’s FOIA Round-up: Afghanistan papers, University of Michigan’s $1.2 million NDAs, and a massive ruling in Virginia
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This week’s FOIA roundup: Drones and drugs and Virginia prisons, Michigan’s AG bemoans a lack of transparency, and border patrol abuses immigrant children
A drone was spotted near a Virginia prison carrying cocaine and marijuana. Michigan Attorney General Dana Wessel says she’s “ashamed” of the state’s public records law. An ACLU request and lawsuit culminate in over 30,000 pages of DHS documents.
This week’s FOIA round-up: The Interior Department releases redacted records regarding the Border Patrol assistance efforts and the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis continues
In this week’s FOIA round-up, the Interior Department releases heavily redacted documents to regarding the deployment of law enforcement officials to assist Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border, Michigan authorities issue search warrants for the devices of former governor Rick Snyder as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis, and the Intercept obtains emails suggesting the Tennessee governor’s office and Volkswagen worked together suppress the United Auto Workers’ attempts to unionize a factory in Chattanooga.