Alaska Prohibited Books and Publications

Alec Shea filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Alaska .
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From: Alec Shea

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All lists of books and periodicals prohibited in Alaska prisons

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, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alec Shea

From: Daigle, Sherrie D (DOC)

In response to your request, the following items are prohibited by Alaska DOC policy and procedure 810.03 http://www.correct.state.ak.us/pnp/pdf/810.03.pdf

Prohibited Mail

The Department shall prohibit any mail that:

1. Contains plans or threats of physical harm or other criminal activity;

2. Contains contraband, plans for sending contraband in to or out of the

institution, or indicates other activities prohibited under 22 AAC 05.400,

Prohibited Conduct For Prisoners;

3. Is written in a code that the reader cannot understand;

4. Shows frontal nudity. Frontal nudity includes either the exposed female

breast(s) and/or the genitalia of either gender;

5. Solicits gifts, money, credit, or contractual purchases without the approval

of the Superintendent or designee;

6. Contains information that, if communicated, would create a risk of mental

or physical harm to a person;

7. Contains material that could reasonably be expected to aid an escape, or

incite or encourage any form of violence;

8. Contains audio or video tapes;

9. Is in violation of a Court order; or

10. Has been banned for good reason following an individualized

determination by the Department, (e.g., the intended recipient is a victim

who has requested no contact with the prisoner or is a minor whose

guardian has requested no contact with the prisoner).

Note: The Department also may restrict certain publications, musical

compact discs or electronic games. See section H below

A copy of the policy is attached to this email.

Sherrie - Supervisor, Professional Conduct Unit

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Aug. 15, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

All lists of books and periodicals prohibited in Alaska prisons

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, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alec Shea

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