North Carolina has exactly 100 counties, and two weeks ago, MuckRock sent a public records request to each one of them in an effort to learn more about inmates’ options for prison communication.
MuckRock is filing requests with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, as well as sheriffs’ offices in each of the state’s counties to learn more about the commissions these agencies are receiving for communication services and their policies around them.
The state of state public records laws continues to evolve as lawmakers discuss new legislation, court rulings clarify ambiguities in records law, and advocates press for better access. To get a sense of what’s happening, we’ve compiled a list of recent changes to access all across the country. If we missed news in your state, let us know by filling out the form below!
Breaking the law with snail mail, large fees for student newspapers, and whether tweets are public record
What’s considered public record or not is not a new debate. But the increasing prevalence of social media use amongst government agencies and officials, such as Twitter, brings up a new debate: If you delete social media posts on an official account, is it a violation of public records laws?
MuckRock is launching a project which will attempt to break assaults down by base, branch, and rank, starting Fort Bragg. A request for all reports of sexual assaults from 2012 to 2017 is ready for release upon payment just shy of $120. We’re opening that request to crowdfunding, so please help spread the word.
Ryan Thornburg sent this request to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services of North Carolina