|Submitted||Dec. 29, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:
The most recent, complete list of all correctional and detention facilities located within Atlantic County. If possible, please include information detailing:
• the jurisdictional authority responsible for each facility (federal, state, county, town, other, etc.)
• the type of facility (prison, jail, juvenile detention center, halfway house, etc.)
• contact information (physical address, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, email address)
• any facility demographic information (population, number of employees, etc.)
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 MuckRock.com, 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.
Beryl C.D. Lipton
CUSTODIAN RESPONSE TO OPRA REQUEST # 333-2014 - 1/8/15
You have submitted a request for governmental records pursuant to the New
Jersey Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1-1A, et seq., commonly referred
to as "OPRA". You have indicated that your preferred delivery method is
email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your request sought:
The most recent, complete list of all correctional and detention facilities
located within Atlantic County. If possible, please include information
1. The jurisdictional authority responsible for each facility (federal,
state, county, town, other, etc)
2. The type of facility (prison, jail, juvenile detention center,
halfway house, etc)
3. contact information (physical address, mailing address, telephone
number, fax number, email address
4. Any facility demographic information (population, number of
Unfortunately, the document you describe in your request (a list of all
correctional & detention facilities) does not exist, and a Records Custodian
is not required to create records in
response to an OPRA request. See Librissi v. Township of Verona Police
Department, GRC Complaint No 2009-213 (August 2010). Instead, a Custodian
is obligated only to provide
identifiable government records.
Additionally, please be advised that the OPRA statute does not govern
information - only identifiable documents. Each of your requests numbered
1-4 seeks information, as opposed to an identifiable government document. As
such, your request is not valid under OPRA. Under the GRC decision in
Morris v Trenton Police Department, Complaint No. 2007-160, and the cases
cited therein, a request for information as opposed to a request for an
identifiable government record is not a valid OPRA request. See the quote
"Because the Complainant's OPRA request did not specify an identifiable
government record but instead sought information, the Complainant's OPRA
request is invalid." Mag Entertainment LLC. V. Div. of Alcoholic Beverage
Control, 375 N.J.Super. 534 (App. Div. 2005); Bent v. Stafford Police
Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30 (App. Div. 2005).
Nevertheless, I have provided a link to the Atlantic County Justice
Facility, where you can find most of the information you are seeking:
Additionally, with regard to Atlantic County's juvenile detention center,
Harborfields, please visit the following website:
Lastly, with regard to item 4, I was able to obtain the following
The Atlantic County Justice Facility employs 26 civilian employees and 225
sworn employees. In terms of population, the average daily count in 2014 was
785 inmates, and as of yesterday, the current daily count is 722.
Below is my contact information should you have any questions regarding your
Assistant County Counsel
Atlantic County Department of Law
1333 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-8278
(609) 345- 6700 Ext 2464
Hello Ms. D'Ancona,
Thank you very much for all of your help on this request! I really appreciate the time you took to help identify responses to my inquiries even though there were no appropriate responsive documents. I'll be sure to be in touch as the need arises, and I hope things go swimmingly for you until then.
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