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The Transparency Project

The goal of The Transparency Project is to help families who are survivors of victims of murder or suspicious death, to gain access to police records related to the investigation of the death of their loved one. This will primarily involve making sure the police agency involved is complying in full with the Sunshine or Open Records laws in effect in their particular jurisdiction. It can include filing appeals when requests for records are denied, and/or recommending changes to existing laws that are overly restrictive.

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What’s the state of state public records law?

What’s the state of state public records law?

Over the last nine months, our FOIA Fellow Jessie Gomez has been looking at public records law across the nation through our State of State Public Records Law project. Today, we’ll be exploring the major takeaways from her reporting.

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Part One: Barriers to access

Part One: Barriers to access

High price tags and records exemptions remain consistent barriers to access.

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Part Two: Legislative reform

Part Two: Legislative reform

Legislative efforts to reform state public records law are good, but not enough.

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Part Three: Transparency advocates

Part Three: Transparency advocates

Transparency advocates serve as key players in gaining better access to government records.

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Part Four: Public interest

Part Four: Public interest

Records law issues remain a pertinent part in transparency conversations.

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