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Cost is a significant hurdle to ending the rape kit backlog

Cost is a significant hurdle to ending the rape kit backlog

For the last year, we’ve been requesting data surrounding the national backlog of untested sexual assault evidence. While we still don’t know the actual number- so far more than 225,000 rape kits have been found sitting on evidence collection shelves and in hospitals from coast to coast - we have a greater understanding of the many hurdles victims and law enforcement face. There are many reasons rape kits go untested, and the lack of forensic funding continues to exacerbate the problem.

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How are cities investing tax dollars where you live?

How are cities investing tax dollars where you live?

Beyond its buildings and its land, your city’s assets may not be obvious, even though among them are the means by which pensions are funded and new projects are undertaken. MuckRock is learning more about the returns on your investments.

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Will bots break our ability to use the Internet for debate?

Will bots break our ability to use the Internet for debate?

Millions of robot-generated responses to the Federal Communications Commission’s comment system for net neutrality may be a sign that agencies need to move now to preserve useful public debate.

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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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Revisiting the Cell Site Simulator Census

Revisiting the Cell Site Simulator Census

With a New York Judge upgrading the warrant requirement for a cell site simulator from probable cause to eavesdropping, it is important to take a look back at our census and the data researchers have compiled about these invasive surveillance tools.

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