Welcome to The Mass Dump!

This is a newsletter all about public records in Massachusetts — it’s about the fight to keep state and local government transparent for everyone’s benefit.

I make public records requests constantly, and I’m one of the most frequent users of the commonwealth’s public records appeal process — I’ve filed more than 460 appeals since 2014! I write about police and the so-called justice system, public records lawsuits, and more.

I publish real, substantive reporting but with no pretense of “objectivity” — I prefer to be transparent about my abolitionist perspective. However, I post source documents on my website and link to them in my stories so that you can read them for yourself and make up your own mind.

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A newsletter about public records, police, and the legal system in Massachusetts.


Independent journalist. Police and prison abolitionist. I make lots of public records requests.