Public Records Act Requests
The Public Records Act (PRA) defines "public records" to include any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form of characteristics.” Printed and photocopied documents, internal and external correspondence, handwritten notes, computer data, electronic files, and audio and video recordings are all public records subject to disclosure unless they fall within a specific exemption. The Public Records Act provides for public access to records the Alameda County Probation Department (ACPD) generates, as well as records created by others that the ACPD has in its possession.
Filing a PRA request
Ordinarily, ACPD has 10 days to respond in writing to your request. In this written response, ACPD will let you know if records responsive to your request exist, whether any exemptions may apply and when you will be able to review or receive copies of the responsive records. When a request requires review of lots of documents or requires retrieval of documents from other locations, ACPD may in writing unilaterally extend this by up to 14 additional days.
A Note to Probation Clients and Those with Client Inquires