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While California is teaching inmates to code, other states ban them from teaching themselves

While California is teaching inmates to code, other states ban them from teaching themselves

Lists of banned books acquired by MuckRock through public records requests show that Ohio and Michigan prisons ban books that aim to teach computer programming skills. Their decisions to ban educational texts related to programming, alongside erotica and literature published by neo-nazi groups, are in stark contrast with practices in other states and countries, where prisons include coding in educational programs.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol's #NoDAPL photos show a familiar perspective - and confirm a sniper was deployed

Ohio State Highway Patrol’s #NoDAPL photos show a familiar perspective - and confirm a sniper was deployed

In response to a public records request by Emma Best, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released a huge collection of photos and video taken during its deployment at Standing Rock. While a large amount were culled from protestor’s social media accounts, a separate .zip file contains official police records - including some that appeared to be taken by someone that had been inside the camp, and one that showed a sniper overlooking the protest.

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Stories FOIA told this week repealed but not replaced

Stories FOIA told this week repealed but not replaced

Stories FOIA told this week has a last minute change of plans, but still coming through with your weekly round up of great stories FOIA and public records helped tell this week — plus news about changes (or potential changes) in state laws.

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What’s the full cost of punishment?

What’s the full cost of punishment?

The best estimate we have right now for how much debt our inmates, past and present, carry is something like $50 billion. That’s a huge number, but it’s probably not quite accurate, leaving out “pay-to-stay” policies which nickle and dime families. Help us start a massive study of how these policies affect your community.

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Special Incident Reports offer a rare glimpse into daily life inside a CCA private prison

Special Incident Reports offer a rare glimpse into daily life inside a CCA private prison

In September, MuckRock requested Special Incident Reports regarding Lake Erie Correctional Institution, operated by private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America. What we received were fascinating snapshots of days rife with makeshift weapons, contraband cell phones, and drug use ranging from marijuana to heroin

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