|Multi Request||Emails related to proposed or planned new women's prison, Aug-Oct 2020|
|Submitted||Feb. 14, 2021|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
I request all email communication within, to, and from your department and employees from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 regarding any proposed or planned new women’s prison.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
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.
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Very truly yours,
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Massachusetts Public Records Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 14, 2021. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Response to: Public Records No. 21-38
Dear Mr. Weimer:
The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (“DCAMM”) received your public records request dated February 16, 2021.
“email communication within, to, and from your department and employees from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 regarding any proposed or planned new women’s prison”
A diligent search of DCAMM records did not reveal any documents responsive to your request. If you wish to challenge any aspect of DCAMM’s response, in accordance with G.L. c. 66, § 10 and 950 CMR 32.00, you may appeal to the following office: Supervisor of Public Records, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Public Records Division, One Ashburton Place, 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, and in accordance with G.L. c. 66, § 10A(c), you have the right to seek judicial review of an unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the Superior Court.
PUBLIC RECORDS UNIT