FOIA Roundup: New York’s nursing home data finally comes out, hidden price of generic drugs, and more stories FOIA told this week
In this week’s FOIA roundup, a look at how open data was shown to be misleading through a FOIA request, the case of the high-priced pens, and what FOIA shows us about name brand drugs versus generics.
Six months after the repeal of 50-a, NY police continue to combat the release of disciplinary records
MuckRock has partnered with the USA TODAY Network New York, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and Syracuse University journalism students to file more than 600 records requests with more than 400 police agencies in hopes of creating a searchable, first-of-its-kind database with disciplinary records from across the state.
Though there are still many open questions about the effect of 50-a’s repeal on problematic police officer transparency, it’s a development that highlights the value access can have for the integrity of the criminal justice system.
At least a dozen New York police departments claim to have no misconduct records from the last 50 years
At least 12 New York state police departments claim to have no records of officer misconduct from the past 50 years, according to responses to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.
As protests for police accountability and reform continue, transparency changes are already taking place in cities across America — even as public records show emerging new challenges.