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Prisoner Transportation Policies/Contracts

Every day, American inmates find themselves on the open road, hurtling toward their next holding cell. With little in the way of medical training, food, bathrooms, and patience, the circumstances can be far worse than where they're going - if they make it.

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While escaping from prison, Timothy Leary took time to troll Ronald Reagan

While escaping from prison, Timothy Leary took time to troll Ronald Reagan

While Timothy Leary’s 1970 escape from a minimum security prison in California with the aid of The Weathermen is the stuff of countercultural legend, recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files reveal a lesser-known detail of the incident: Leary’s ruthless trolling of then Governor Ronald Reagan.

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A dearth of prison phone operators limits lawful options for policymakers

A dearth of prison phone operators limits lawful options for policymakers

There are over 3,000 Sheriffs’ departments in the United States, and nearly a tenth of them have provided contracts to MuckRock in response to our nationwide survey of inmate prison phone agreements.

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Six state Departments of Correction have responded to our requests for post-incarceration employment data

Six state Departments of Correction have responded to our requests for post-incarceration employment data

Last week, MuckRock submitted requests for any policies and materials these agencies might have related to the post-incarceration opportunities. So far, the responses can’t speak to the question, because most Departments of Correction don’t keep the data.

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Help crowdfund the release of immigration records Texas deemed wouldn’t benefit the general public

Help crowdfund the release of immigration records Texas deemed wouldn’t benefit the general public

Last month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice denied MuckRock a fee waiver for a public records request regarding immigration policy, stating that the TDCJ “does not waive fees for this type of request.” Last year, TDCJ made the same argument to justify a cost estimates of over one million dollars for records related to sexual assault in prison. This begs the question - what type of requests do TDCJ waive fees for?

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In some Louisiana parishes, over half of inmate phone fees go back to the prison itself

In some Louisiana parishes, over half of inmate phone fees go back to the prison itself

As part of a MuckRock investigation into the commission structures of jail phone use, we’ve received reports from a handful of Bayou State parishes, helping to expand our understanding of how phone fees work in the country’s most incarcerated state.

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