This is the story of Joel Chandler, who requested information from the Moore Haven CF in Florida. Florida is one of two states that requires private prison operators to comply with public records laws (called the "sunshine law" in the state), because it has determined they perform an inherently governmental function. In any of the other 48 states, Mr. Chandler would have no legal recourse because private prisons are rarely if ever forced to turn over records to the public - their only reporting duties are to the state they contract with. But thankfully Mr. Chandler has filed a lawsuit against CCA for this violation of the law and his rights.
This is one topic I don't cover often enough on here, but oversight of prisons, especially privately operated, for-profit facilities, is crucial to ensuring public safety and contract compliance. The industry is notorious for skirting regulations and effective oversight, so it particularly troubles me that in a state that has expressly told private prison operators they must abide by such regulations, CCA still sees fit to so brazenly ignore the law.