The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined a group of media organizations and open government advocates to renew its call for more accountability at privately managed prisons.
The coalition supports reintroducing the Private Prison Information Act which would apply the federal Freedom of Information Act to private prison, correctional and detention facilities working on behalf of the federal government.
In a letter sent to U.S. senators, NEFAC and more than 40 groups wrote: “Private prison companies that receive federal funding provide the same service as government agencies, but, by asserting their status as private entities, claim that they are not subject to public records laws such as the FOIA. As a result, the public is largely in the dark . . .”