Sacramento officials approve new filming restrictions after Netflix reality show ‘Jailbirds’

Sacramento lawmakers have approved a new policy that restricts filming inside county facilities after the Netflix show “Jailbirds” prompted backlash from attorneys who said such recording could jeopardize their clients.

The new policy requires any county department that wishes to allow film crews inside a county facility to receive approval from the county public information officer prior to signing any agreements with production companies, or starting any filming projects. Additionally, release of liability forms must be obtained prior to filming any footage on county property.

“Filming will not be allowed if disruptive to regular operations and will only be allowed in approved areas,” the policy reads. “Film crews will be escorted and observed on site by County personnel and any facilities and/or assets utilized will be restored to their original condition or better upon completion.”

The policy further requires any footage filmed on county property to be reviewed prior to release by a county appointed staff in order to ensure the footage is not damaging to the county, county staff, anyone being filmed, and make sure the footage is appropriate.




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