The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is an incubator for ideas and initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. The Brechner Center works to educate journalists, policymakers and the general public about the law of access today and how it should work tomorrow. The Center is a source of research, expertise and advocacy about the law of gathering and disseminating news across all platforms and technologies.

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To mark 40 years of service to the cause of open and accountable government, we asked thought leaders from media law and journalism education to reflect on the Brechner Center’s role, accomplishments, and future challenges. Read More.

Frank LoMonte Comments on Redacted Public Records

October 16, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Authors Article on the Legality of Prohibiting Employees from Talking to the Press

October 15, 2019

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Imani Jackson Comments on Federal Prison Transparency and Weather Emergencies

October 15, 2019

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New Brechner Center Study Documents Illegality of Commonplace Government Policies Restricting Employee Communications With Journalists

October 8, 2019

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#datadeserts Even after a @chicagotribune investigation spotlighted the absence of data, "police still don’t keep records on when license holders fire their weapons, how often they do it, or if they wound or kill someone." https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-concealed-carry-murder-charge-20190909-6w7dzya7dfet5cxoosxr4zctmy-story.html

Secretive, unaccountable contractors are providing medical care to vulnerable jail inmates, taking advantage of their private status to operate outside public scrutiny. #shadowgovernments https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-monitor/

DHS’s backlog of unfulfilled #FOIA requests almost doubled between 2012 and 2018. But DHS doesn’t have a plan to address this backlog of more than 50K requests—which means it will likely continue to struggle with backlogs, GAO found.

https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/government-reports-and-summaries/gao-dhs-needs-to-reduce-backlogged-foia-requests-eliminate-duplicate-processing/

Discipline of misbehaving federal prosecutors is a black box of secrecy: "the agency goes to great lengths to conceal anything that could possibly identify" even AUSAs who've been sanctioned for unethical conduct. https://theintercept.com/2019/10/10/justice-department-federal-prosecutors-accountability/

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