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This very nice “how-to” article provides an example of how “public records” are much more than the published record of governments.
- How public records can shed light on private prisons, by Beryl Lipton, Muckrock (October 6, 2015).
The details of our prisons typically are and have been matters of public record, if one only knows how to ask. Data-driven snapshots of whole segments are difficult to obtain, but not impossible. Even for-profit prisons, whose status as private corporations make them notorious for being exempt from public records laws, can’t hide everything they’ve got. Some information must find its way back to the government bosses.