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Programs that accept and, where possible, attempt to resolve complaints about jails, prisons or other correctional facilities which may focus on treatment by correctional facility staff, policies regarding contact with family, friends or other supportive people outside, working or living conditions, food and other necessities or other problems associated with confinement.
Programs that accept and act upon requests from the public for access to government records (or other government information) that falls within the scope of federal, provincial or local statutes which require the disclosure of government records upon receipt of a written request. Some public records, such as court records, are explicitly exempted in the legislation.
The offices of individuals who have been appointed or elected to a city, county, provincial or federal public office for a specified tenure and who are thereby in a position to exercise that portion of the sovereign functions of government that are conferred on that office by the constitution or the legislature.
Associations whose members are representatives of government at all levels who have affiliated for the purpose of working together to discuss, study and resolve the problems they have in common and promote the general welfare of the jurisdictions they represent. Government associations provide advocacy, training, publications, research and other services for their members; offer a forum for discussion and problem-solving; enable members to speak with a single voice on local, regional, provincial or national policy; alert members to emerging social, economic and political trends; promote leadership; share innovations and best practices; provide management and technical assistance services; offer cost savings through aggregated purchases of insurance, energy or other resources; and provide other forms of support that meet the needs of their members.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.