Administrative and criminal investigations of sexual abuse (Alabama Department of Corrections)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Alabama Department of Corrections of Alabama.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All administrative investigations since Aug. 20, 2012 into allegations of sexual abuse in correctional facilities administered by your agency. Title 115.71 (f) of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) requires that all administrative investigations "shall be documented in written reports that include a description of the physical and testimonial evidence, the reasoning behind credibility assessments, and investigative facts and findings."

-All criminal investigations since Aug. 20, 2012 of allegations of sexual abuse in correctional facilities administered by your agency. Title 115.71 (g) of the PREA requires that all criminal investigations "shall be documented in a written report that contains a thorough description of physical, testimonial, and documentary evidence and attaches copies of all documentary evidence where feasible."

Title 115.71 (i) of the PREA requires that correctional agencies maintain copies of administrative and criminal investigations for "as long as the alleged abuser is incarcerated or employed by the agency, plus five years."

I understand that the documents I am requesting contain sensitive, personal information, and I expect that you will redact names and other identifying facts.

As a member of the news media, I request that all fees be waived.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Todd Feathers


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Corbett, Brian (DOC)


I no longer work for the Alabama DOC. They are down a Public Information Officer, thus this inquiry will be delayed.

I will, however, make sure that the legal division is aware of your request. Furthermore, with the magnitude of Tutwiler in the news recently, the ADOC is receiving numerous similar request for documentation, thus delaying the response.

Good luck,

Brian Corbett

From: MuckRock

Mr. Corbett -

Thank you for your response. Is there anyone in particular that we might follow up with directly at DOC? Could you provide an email address so that this request does not fall through the cracks until a new PIO is hired?

Thank you.

From: Simpson, Kristi (DOC)

Mr. Feathers:

Please find attached a letter from Anne Hill, General Counsel, in response to your request of February 11, 2014.

Thank you,

Kristi Simpson
Legal Assistant to General Counsel
Alabama Department Of Corrections
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Telephone (334) 353-3885
Facsimile: (334) 353-3891