The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the implementation of freedom of information legislation in the United States . It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966 (Amended 2002), and went into effect the following year.
Each state has its own open records legislation that governs documents at the state and local (cities, counties, school districts) level. This is the reason why some cities (for example the City of Beverly Hills ) does not release mug shots to the public.
The purpose of freedom of information legislation is to increase the openness and transparency of government. The release of mug shots and other law enforcement documents is an essential element of my work which I investigate and research extensively.