California's Top Court Finally Allows Law Enforcement Agencies to Share List of Problem Cops With Prosecutors
Powerful unions and state-mandated secrecy made it a fight to know about misconduct.
Media outlets are seeing foot-dragging, destroyed records, and demands for big money for compliance.
Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling expanded when the government can keep business records secret. That's bad news for transparency
A small city in California has been plagued by police shootings, costly civil rights lawsuits, and incidents of excessive force.
The police conducted two searches in two days to track down who is leaking things leaders don’t want the public to know.
Alabama is one of the least transparent states in the U.S. when it comes to civil asset forfeiture. That could be changing.
Texas law lets police hide records of suspects who die in custody from grieving families. It could have been fixed, but a police union torpedoed the reform bill.
Emanuel was a habitual violator of Illinois' public records laws and shielded the police from public scrutiny whenever he could.
Five years later, Daniel Pantaleo faces administrative justice.
And the WikiLeaks founder will be in court again tomorrow.
Plus: Violence in Sri Lanka leads to social media suppression, and the White House wants to make it harder for pretrial diversion participants to get government jobs.
The WikiLeaks founder has few if any defenders in Congress.
The world is a better place now that it's harder than ever for governments to keep secrets.
A review of 70 studies shows only limited benefits.
The battle over the Mueller report will pit national security, executive privilege, and privacy against the public interest in the Russia investigation.
Politicizing transparency is not a way to help Americans understand Russia investigation.
More than 30 organizations are reviewing thousands of newly released documents about bad cop behavior
Want to know what federal agencies are telling the White House about marijuana legalization? Too bad. It's secret.
A law that forced open decades of secret information about law enforcement behavior is slowly being implemented.
After police killed an unarmed man in a backyard in Sacramento, outrage led to greater transparency about officer conduct.
Xavier Becerra conceals bad behavior by cops in his state, and even threatens journalists attempting to expose them.
The NYPD's largest union was dealt a defeat in its attempt to make body cam footage confidential, but it says it might appeal.
"They're the most powerful player in the criminal justice system. It's really important to know how they use that discretion behind closed doors."
"My son with autism was forced out of the home with military-style rifles aimed at him and made to sit on the cold, wet ground for over an hour."
New York Police Killed Her Son, Then Refused to Answer Her Questions. The Law They're Hiding Behind Could Soon Be Repealed.
An obscure provision designed to protect personnel records makes it nearly impossible to hold the state's cops accountable.
When Reason Requested the New L.A. Sheriff's Disciplinary Records, the Deputies Union Got an Injunction to Block Us
A newly passed police transparency bill is under attack across the state. The latest tactic: insisting it's not retroactive.
A new year brings new transparency, and new lawsuits to try to limit it.
A Reason investigation of a notorious Texas public records loophole found 81 cases where police hid records of shootings and deaths in custody.
It's up to state lawmakers to defy the will of the unions to change the rules.
Alex Villanueva openly wants to get rid of constitutional policing advisors and to conceal names of bad deputies from prosecutors.
It's harder now for law enforcement officials to conceal what happened in deadly encounters with citizens.
The vague wording of Marsy's Laws allows law enforcement to classify themselves as "victims" after shooting suspects.
If the Navy wants people to trust that it's taking steps to be better, less transparency isn't going to help.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills dramatically increasing transparency about law enforcement behavior.
State law keeps misconduct secret from the public. That may be about to change.
Thanks to a design bug in a government transparency website, dozens of social security numbers were mistakenly made public.
Thanks to California's union-backed secrecy laws, prosecutors and defenders alike don't know about police misconduct.
Publishing readouts of the president's calls with foreign leaders has been a common practice for Republican and Democratic administrations-until now.
Thanks to a new state law, agencies now have to report how extensively civil asset forfeiture is used to take people's stuff.
What happened when Reason sent a 22-year-old non-lawyer to fight for transparency.
Obama's shamefully weak stab at transparency has been abandoned.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's Taste for Swampdweller Perks Is Distracting from His Deregulatory Agenda
Hated by activists, he should have known that he needed to be squeaky clean in his personal and professional life.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Has Four Government Email Addresses, Which Is Three More Than He Needs
Unlike everyone else, Scott Pruitt apparently can't get enough email.