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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.
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/