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This week's FOIA roundup: when transparency matters but might not be top of mind

This week’s FOIA roundup: when transparency matters but might not be top of mind

The weekly roundup of what is or should be public record. Something we missed? Let us know!

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Idaho legislators approve law requiring transparency for risk assessment tools

Idaho legislators approve law requiring transparency for risk assessment tools

Idaho legislators are the first in the nation to pass transparency protections addressing concerns about risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system.

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Two months after First Step Act, no sign work has started on its centerpiece risk assessment software

Two months after First Step Act, no sign work has started on its centerpiece risk assessment software

More than two months since President Donald Trump signed into law the First Step Act, the development of a risk assessment tool central to its implementation is still stalled.

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Requester's Voice: How Keri Blakinger uses public records to dig into prisons

Requester’s Voice: How Keri Blakinger uses public records to dig into prisons

Prison administrators are not known for their transparency and developing strong sources in and outside the system rarely comes easy. But since 2016 the Houston Chronicle’s Keri Blakinger has used Texas’ (relatively) strong public records laws to get scoop after scoop on her beat, even though most of the institutions she covers are over an hour away.

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Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

The severe, gray, concrete walls of prison sometimes give way to unexpected bursts of color and potential moments of inspiration. The Massachusetts Department of Correction revealed some of these in a recent public records release containing photographs of several motivational posters hanging on its prison walls.

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