State/local policies re: hostages within correctional facilities (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Connecticut.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

All policies, procedures, memorandums of agreements, other memos, directives, communications, occurrence reports, and any other relevant materials regarding the reporting, negotiations, control, aftermath, and general treatment of hostages taken or individuals restrained in a hostage-like manner by individuals detained or under the supervision of facilities maintained under the jurisdiction of this agency, including juvenile, local, and private facilities, if applicable. If additional policies are maintained by other agencies, direction indicating such would be greatly appreciated.

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. ยง 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at

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 4 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: PIO, DOC

Good afternoon,
Your inquiry has been forwarded to our Freedom of Information Office and will be received in the office during business hours on Monday. Thank you.

Public Information Office
CT Department of Correction
24 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860.692.7780
Fax: 860.692.7783

From: Brown, Carole

Re: Freedom of Information Request - Lyle Lewis, #324309

Dear Mr. Lipton:

This acknowledges receipt of your request received by our office on October 26, 2015, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, requesting policies, procedures, MOA's, etc. ".....and any other relevant materials regarding the reporting, negotiations, control, aftermath, and general treatment of hostages......" Your request is being sent to the appropriate DOC unit for a response; someone from that unit will contact you in the near future.

Thank you,

Carole, FOI Unit<>

From: FOI, DOC

Mr. Lipton,

I'm sorry, but I failed to delete the inmate's name in the "Re:" area. I was working on another FOI request before I responded to yours and forgot to take his name out! Please disregard that name and inmate number; it's not part of your FOI request.

From: JPat Brown

Will do! Thanks for reaching out.

From: FOI, DOC


From: FOI, DOC

Good afternoon,

The policies and directives regarding hostages is considered to be part of our emergency procedures. This information is considered to be confidential. Thus, we will invoke the exemption cited in section 1-210 (b)(18)(A).

(18) Records, the disclosure of which the Commissioner of Correction, or as it applies to Whiting Forensic Division facilities of the Connecticut Valley Hospital, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has reasonable grounds to believe may result in a safety risk, including the risk of harm to any person or the risk of an escape from, or a disorder in, a correctional institution or facility under the supervision of the Department of Correction or Whiting Forensic Division facilities. Such records shall include, but are not limited to:

(A) Security manuals, including emergency plans contained or referred to in such security manuals

In regards to how the incident would be reported, it be reported in accordance with Administrative Directive 6.6. Below you will find a hyperlink to the directive.


CS Washington

FOI Administrator
CT Department of Correction
860-692-6290 office
860-692-7873 fax