LOS ANGELES— Starting January 1, private prisons that detain immigrants are subject to the California Public Records Act. California will become the first state in the country to apply open records laws to private prisons.
The provision is part of the Dignity Not Detention Act, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown into law in October 2017. As Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) co-sponsored the legislation, we’d like to provide journalists with a template for how they can file public records requests. Please download our template here.