Chattanooga, Tennessee communications with CCA

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the City of Chattanooga (TN) of Chattanooga, TN.

It is a clone of this request.

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All communications (electronic, written, faxed, text messages, or otherwise) sent to, from, or regarding any and all executives, spokespeople, attorneys or other representatives of:

• Corrections Corporation of America

including but not limited to all communications including/mentioning

• the @cca.com and @correctionscorp.com domain names
• "CCA"
• "Corrections Corporation of America."

Please include communications sent to, from, or regarding all representatives of the jurisdiction (current and at all relevant periods prior, spanning any period during which the jurisdiction was considering, engaged with, or ending relations with the aforementioned entity), including but not limited to the following officials, as applicable:

• City Administrator
• City Attorney
• City Clerk
• City Councilmembers, individually
• City Manager
• City Treasurer
• Economic Development Director
• Fire Chief
• Finance Director
• Mayor
• Planning/Community Development Director
• Sheriff

Should terminology be unclear or further clarification be necessary, a phone call will happily be arranged.

In regards to all necessary requester status considerations, it should be noted that this request is being made by a member of the news media as part of a nationwide journalistic investigation on the privatization of corrections and institutions (physical, systemic, political, etc.) in the greater correctional and law enforcement system. In addition to being a news media request submitted in the public interest, all communications generated in the processing of this request, in addition to the requested materials, will be made available to the general public as part of a curated news series.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Andy Berke

Thank you for contacting the Office of Mayor Andy Berke. Please contact the
City Attorney’s office for all OpenRecords requests or questions. The City
Attorney’s office may be contacted at 423-643-8250 or you may submit your
request online at the below link:

http://www.chattanooga.gov/attorney-office/tennessee-open-records-request

Thank you for your inquiry,

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All communications (electronic, written, faxed, text messages, or otherwise) sent to, from, or regarding any and all executives, spokespeople, attorneys or other representatives of:

• Corrections Corporation of America

including but not limited to all communications including/mentioning

• the @cca.com and @correctionscorp.com domain names
• "CCA"
• "Corrections Corporation of America."

Please include communications sent to, from, or regarding all representatives of the jurisdiction (current and at all relevant periods prior, spanning any period during which the jurisdiction was considering, engaged with, or ending relations with the aforementioned entity), including but not limited to the following officials, as applicable:

• City Administrator
• City Attorney
• City Clerk
• City Councilmembers, individually
• City Manager
• City Treasurer
• Economic Development Director
• Fire Chief
• Finance Director
• Mayor
• Planning/Community Development Director
• Sheriff

Should terminology be unclear or further clarification be necessary, a phone call will happily be arranged.

In regards to all necessary requester status considerations, it should be noted that this request is being made by a member of the news media as part of a nationwide journalistic investigation on the privatization of corrections and institutions (physical, systemic, political, etc.) in the greater correctional and law enforcement system. In addition to being a news media request submitted in the public interest, all communications generated in the processing of this request, in addition to the requested materials, will be made available to the general public as part of a curated news series.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Andy Berke

Thank you for contacting the Office of Mayor Andy Berke. Please contact the
City Attorney’s office for all OpenRecords requests or questions. The City
Attorney’s office may be contacted at 423-643-8250 or you may submit
your request online at the below link:

http://www.chattanooga.gov/attorney-office/tennessee-open-records-request

From: noreply

The Tennessee Public Records Acts at T.C.A. § 10-7-503 requires Tennessee
governmental entities to be “open for personal inspection by any citizen of
Tennessee, and those in charge of such records shall not refuse such right
of inspection by any citizen, unless otherwise provided by state law.” Your
letter does not establish that you are a Tennessee Citizen. As such, the
records you have requested will not be provided since they are not required
to be produced or copied under Tennessee law.

Legal Opinions:
http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/openrecords/pdf/14_02TheBurdenOfEstablishingThatRequestorTennesseeCitizen.pdf

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-17_d1o2.pdf

There are 4 exceptions to City policy - proof may have to be provided
before processing:
1. You are an out of state law firm that represents a TN resident
2. You own property in TN and you are requesting records on that property
3. You work for a government agency and requesting in that official
capacity
4. You are out of state but were in a type of accident or involved in an
incident in TN

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