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How to double check official claims with public records

How to double check official claims with public records

Shockingly, public officials’ words do not always match up with their actions. Fortunately, public records can help the truth come out. In this week’s roundup, some ways you can double check what officials are up to with private data and public dollars, plus a way to recognize a public records hero for their transparency work.

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How does a private prison handle a hurricane?

How does a private prison handle a hurricane?

We’ve filed requests with privately-run prisons and immigration detention centers in Harvey’s path to find out how they weathered the storm.

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Coaches’ contracts are just a records request away

Coaches’ contracts are just a records request away

Though you may not be able to get their plays, it can be pretty straight forward to see how much college coaches are paid.

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Five of the best - and five of the worst - sexual assault response policies across the country

Five of the best - and five of the worst - sexual assault response policies across the country

The care rape victims receive is entirely dependent on where the crime occurred. Good sexual assault response policies are comprised of a number of initiatives, including (but not limited to) specific officer training, a victim-centered approach, access to victim advocates, guidelines for submitting kits to labs, and victim notification. Based on what we’ve seen in our reporting so far, we’ve rounded up a list of the five best - and the five worst - sexual assault response policies across the country.

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Texas wants over a million dollars for records regarding sexual assault in prisons

Texas wants over a million dollars for records regarding sexual assault in prisons

Our request for investigations of sexual assault in Texas correctional facilities since 2013 returned a price tag of $1,132,024.30 from the Department of Criminal Justice, which says there are more than 260,000 pages of responsive documents that would require more than 61,000 hours to process.

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