The California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250 through 6276.48) was a law passed by the California State Legislature and signed by the governor in 1968 requiring inspection or disclosure of governmental records to the public upon request, unless exempted by law.
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The Department of Corrections website contains detailed information on visiting a prisoner, as well as other ways to contact inmates. Most inmates held in general population may have contact visits. Those who are segregated are restricted to non-contact visits. Some prisoners are eligible for family visits, which are held in apartment-like facilities on prison grounds and last from 30 to 40 hours. Visitations are generally scheduled on weekends and holidays only. Prisoners may receive mail, with certain restrictions, but the sender should understand that the envelope will be opened and inspected in the mailroom. Prisoners cannot receive phone calls, but they are allowed to make collect calls with a 15-minute limit per call.