When it comes to open government, sunshine dims in Florida

Pamela Marsh, executive director of the Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, said the trajectory of transparency and freedom of the press is in “dramatic decline.” At a recent gathering of the Press Club of Southwest Florida, Marsh noted that the state legislature keeps adding more exemptions to Florida’s Sunshine Law. To date, there are now 1,138 exemptions to open government laws.…
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A Look Inside the Black Box of New York State’s Criminal Justice Data

New York criminal justice data in a ‘black box’ A report by a nonprofit that monitors criminal justice information calls out New York State’s mechanisms for data collection and release. Measures for Justice says efforts to put data to use across the state are frequently hampered by: Antiquated systems Inconsistent practices Complicated and expensive request processes A degree…
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