Inmate debt and fees policies/reports (State-level) (Alabama Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Alabama Department of Corrections of Alabama.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The following materials regarding the assessment, collection, and balances of inmate fees and debt:

• All policies and procedures regarding the goods, services, or any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable. Please include all policies on the garnishment/disbursement of funds from inmate accounts and wages (such as those related to mandatory saving, mandatory deductions, coverage of care, personal necessities, etc.), as well as all relevant reporting requirements. Please include all relevant data as regards to medical payments, room and board costs, meal fees, stamps and postage, hygienic materials, and any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable, etc.

• All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding current debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction. Please include all available segregable information (excluding individual personally-identifying elements, as necessary and appropriate), including but not limited to the reason for the debt/fee, the amount of the debt, the facility at which the debt was incurred, whether the debt is held by an inmate in custody or released, any available individual data regarding record of prior release, etc.

If further clarification is necessary, a phone call will happily be arranged.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


From: Records, Public (DOC)

You must follow the Department’s procedure to request public records by completing the Public Records Request Form, which I have attached for your convenience, (the request form can be found on our website under request public records for future reference) and submit it along with a $25.00 processing fee. The processing fee payment must be submitted in the form of a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Once we receive your completed form and processing fee, we will review our records for documents responsive to your request. If we determine there are records responsive to your request, we will notify you of the final costs to produce the records. Once final payment is received, we will mail the records to you. The procedure to request public records, including our fee schedule, is further explained in the public records request form.

Please note that we do not produce documents electronically in connection with public records requests.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Janice Hughes
Research and Planning Division
Alabama Department of Corrections


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