Alabama DYS Youth Pay to Stay Policy

André Natta filed this request on behalf of Mercy Loyo with the Department Of Youth Services of Alabama.
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From: Mercy Loyo

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The following materials regarding the imposition, assessment, collection and balances of fees and debt for incarcerated youth (i.e., juvenile):

a) All current policies and procedures regarding medical and room & board costs or fees for which incarcerated youth (i.e. juvenile) and/or their parents or legal guardians are or may become liable. Please include all policies and procedures related to how fees are set, accrued, imposed, collected, and enforced (such as those related to per diem fees, ability to pay determinations, penalties for late or non-payment, authorization for civil or criminal action for payment enforcement, etc).

b) All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department/office or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction in FY2021. Please include all relevant data regarding medical and room & board costs, including the number of youths (i.e., juveniles) charged for medical and room & board costs or fees and the total amount of medical and room & board fees imposed in FY2021.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.


André Natta, a citizen of Alabama, in coordination with Mercy Loyo.

From: Department Of Youth Services

Our office received your public records request. Our office is able to help only Alabama citizens who have properly
completed a public-records request form. Because, among other reasons, your request is not on behalf of an
Alabama citizen we regret that we are unable to provide the records requested. See Ala. Code §
36-12-40 (1975); McBurney v. Young, 133 S. Ct. 1709 (2013).

T. Dudley Perry, Jr.
General Counsel
Alabama Department of Youth Services
P.O. Box 66
Mt. Meigs, AL 36057
Tel: (334) 215-3803
Fax: (334) 215-3872
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