Open Government

Massachusetts has one of the worst public records laws in the country, and we need to fix it. High costs, obstruction, and lack of accountability keep journalists and concerned citizens in the dark, unable to get key information about how our government is working.

The ACLU of Massachusetts has made reforming the law, which hasn’t been updated substantially since 1973, one of our top priorities, because it affects so much of the rest of the work we do. We’re working for change in the courts, where we have challenged law enforcement secrecy, and at the State House, where we have urged legislators to pass bills that would increase government transparency through access to public information.

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Demand that your state legislators work for major criminal justice reforms

We need comprehensive reforms—including repeal of mandatory minimum drug sentences—to fix our broken justice system.