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Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(4)

Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(4)

With Sunshine Week just around the corner, we wanted to count down the days to our favorite time of year with a closer look at what’s going on behind the black bars: the nine federal FOIA exemptions. Today, we’re looking at b(4), the “trade secrets” exemption.

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Five ways private prisons break the rules - and get away with it

Five ways private prisons break the rules - and get away with it

Private prisons have received increased scrutiny in the last few years, and Inspectors General and independent investigations have found more than a few questionable habits behind one of the government’s top contracting agents.

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Better know a private prison giant: CoreCivic's Board of Directors

Better know a private prison giant: CoreCivic’s Board of Directors

Who’s overseeing America’s largest for-profit prison operation? More than a few familiar faces, including one former head of a federal law enforcement agency.

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Rules governing confidential informants remain shrouded in secrecy

Rules governing confidential informants remain shrouded in secrecy

FOIA requests filed last year with various federal agencies for “guidelines and policies” for the use of confidential informants returned only one completed response and several rejection, making significant public accountability regarding the practice all but impossible.

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Justice Department releases damning audit of CoreCivic’s Leavenworth Detention Center

Justice Department releases damning audit of CoreCivic’s Leavenworth Detention Center

A report released by the Department of Justice yesterday details an assortment of concerns with wider implications for prisons that contract with the U.S. Marshals Service nationwide.

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