A new FOIA hotline, transparency awards, and other tips on digging into public records
Another day, another public records request (or two) revealing important information. Here’s ideas we’ve gathered from great reporting this week, plus resources to help you fight for transparency.
In the Boston area? Join us for a free public records event
For years, Massachusetts has had a reputation for some of the country’s best universities, best sports teams, and worst public records law. Will the revisions that went into effect on January 1st finally change things? Join us February 2nd and let’s talk about it!
A look at solitary confinement policies across New England
There are many reasons incarcerated individuals are segregated from the general population, and Departments of Correction across the country have multiple ways of describing them. MuckRock takes a look at New England as we begin to tease out the “who, why, when, and for how long” of solitary confinement.
A warthog tooth here, an ivory crucifix there, and the occasional elephant skull
New England may not be the world’s hub for black market ivory, but the Fish and Wildlife Service agents who watch the region’s borders manage to uncover a range of interesting pieces.
Walrus tusks can’t go through airport security, even in plastic bags
A small selection of ivory smuggling reports from the Department of Fish and Wildlife shows that airplane passengers and drivers crossing the Canadian border were often surprised to learn that owning elephant and walrus tusks is against the law.