Transgender Inmate Count and Housing Placement

Kathryn Sosin Oeser filed this request with the Department of Correction of Delaware.
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From: Jonathan Rudenberg


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in custody in the Delaware Department of Corrections as mandated to be recorded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
-the number of transgender women in custody
-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
-the number of transgender men in custody
-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities
-the number of transgender people who are taking hormones

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Delaware, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Rudenberg

From: Department of Correction

Mr. Rudenberg:

Please accept this message as acknowledgment that the Delaware Department of Correction has received your written FOIA request.

Please allow the Department 15 business days to review your request, investigate what documents may be available, determine whether these documents are public records as set forth in the FOIA statute, and calculate any potential costs involved in responding to your request.

Thank you,

Kerri

Kerri L. Bennett, Paralegal III
Delaware Department of Correction | Office of the Commissioner
245 McKee Road, Dover, DE 19904 | Office: (302) 857-5325 | Facsimile: (302) 739-8219
Email: kerri.bennett@delaware.gov<mailto:kerri.bennett@delaware.gov>
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From: Department of Correction

Mr. Rudenberg:

Please accept this response to the FOIA request you sent to the Department of Correction on April 4, 2019 requesting "a complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in custody in the Delaware Department of Corrections as mandated to be recorded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act including:

-the number of transgender women in custody
-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
-the number of transgender men in custody
-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities
-the number of transgender people who are taking hormones"

In response to your request, as of March 28, 2019, the Delaware Department of Correction had twenty-four (24) offenders who had self-reported as transgender, completed the medical and behavioral health evaluations per DOC Policy 11-E-14, and were included on the active roster of offenders identifying as gender-nonconforming.

As of March 28, 2019, all offenders housed in DDOC female facilities were identified as biologically female at birth. Additionally, all offenders housed in DDOC male facilities were identified as biologically male at birth.

This fully responds to your FOIA request so this matter is now considered closed.

Thank you,

Kerri

Kerri L. Bennett, Paralegal III
Delaware Department of Correction | Office of the Commissioner
245 McKee Road, Dover, DE 19904 | Office: (302) 857-5325 | Facsimile: (302) 739-8219
Email: kerri.bennett@delaware.gov<mailto:kerri.bennett@delaware.gov>
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From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

Thank you so much. Per my request, I did ask for a number of transgender women and a number of transgender men in custody. Can you provide those numbers? Thank you.

From: Department of Correction

Mr. Rudenberg:

In response to your follow up inquiry, as of March 28, 2019, Delaware DOC had in custody fifteen (15) individuals who have identified themselves to the Department as transgender women and nine (9) who have identified themselves to the Department as transgender men.

Thank you,

Kerri

Kerri L. Bennett, Paralegal III
Delaware Department of Correction | Office of the Commissioner
245 McKee Road, Dover, DE 19904 | Office: (302) 857-5325 | Facsimile: (302) 739-8219
Email: kerri.bennett@delaware.gov<mailto:kerri.bennett@delaware.gov>
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From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Sosin Oeser

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