Estancia, New Mexico communications with CCA

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Town of Estancia, NM of Estancia, NM.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, I hereby request the following documents:

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Michelle Dunlap

Good morning,

In regards to your e-mail request, attached you will find a scanned copy of the letter that was mailed to you on March 03, 2016 .
Please acknowledge that you receive this e-mail.

Thanks,

Michelle Dunlap

Michelle Dunlap
Deputy Clerk
Town of Estancia
PO Box 166
Estancia, NM 87016
Phone: 505-384-2709
Fax: 505-384-2267
mdunlap@townofestancia.com<mailto:mdunlap@townofestancia.com>

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Dunlap,

Thanks so much for your message. I would very much like to receive the materials you reference that can be provided in the next couple of weeks. Would these include the mentioned certification and accreditation files? I would also like to begin the processing of this request with responsive materials held by the Mayor and the equivalent Budget/Finance Manager. Could you give me a sense of the length of time associated with that limitation?

Thanks so much for your patience.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Michelle Dunlap

Hello Beryl,

On behalf of the Town of Estancia, I am pleased to send the materials you have just requested which I referenced in my letter of March 3rd in response to your February 29th IPRA request. You should be aware that Torrance County holds the contract with CCA rather than the Town, so the Town does not handle CCA's certifications or accreditations and there are no responsive materials to produce in that regard. Per your last request, we will attempt to locate any additional responsive materials originating with or held by the Mayor and Town Clerk and anticipate responding to this request within 30 days; i.e. by the first of May.

Thanks,

Michelle

Michelle Dunlap
Deputy Clerk
Town of Estancia
PO Box 166
Estancia, NM 87016
Phone: 505-384-2709
Fax: 505-384-2267
mdunlap@townofestancia.com<mailto:mdunlap@townofestancia.com>

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From: Michelle Dunlap

Good morning Beryl,
I wanted to complete your request by letting you know that I am not able to locate any further documents held within the Town by either Mayors or Clerks. The documentation I have provided to you completes your request.

Have a great day!

Michelle

Michelle Dunlap
Deputy Clerk
Town of Estancia
PO Box 166
Estancia, NM 87016
Phone: 505-384-2709
Fax: 505-384-2267
mdunlap@townofestancia.com<mailto:mdunlap@townofestancia.com>

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From: Michelle Dunlap

Beryl,

I have once again received your request and once again I am responding. Every document that we could find relating to your request was sent to you via an e-mail on April 04, 2016.
I have tried to contact you but you have no contact information other than this e-mail. As I stated back in March, a letter was sent to you at the address provided and it was returned as undeliverable. I have sent numerous e-mails stating that the documents we sent were all we have.

Please contact me so that I know you have received this and all the previous e-mails. The Town of Estancia has nothing further to provide.

Sincerely,

Michelle

Michelle Dunlap
Deputy Clerk
Town of Estancia
PO Box 166
Estancia, NM 87016
Phone: 505-384-2709
Fax: 505-384-2267
mdunlap@townofestancia.com<mailto:mdunlap@townofestancia.com>

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From: Michelle Dunlap

Beryl,

I am forwarding this to you once again, please acknowledge that you have received it.
This is the only documentation the Town of Estancia has in our possession so this completes your request.

Thank you,

Michelle

Michelle Dunlap
Deputy Clerk
Town of Estancia
PO Box 166
Estancia, NM 87016
Phone: 505-384-2709
Fax: 505-384-2267
mdunlap@townofestancia.com<mailto:mdunlap@townofestancia.com>

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Ms. Dunlap,

Thank you so much for your help.

Unfortunately, the materials that you've provided do not seem to speak to this particular request, which has to do with communications between Estancia officials and CCA officials. I understand if such communications are organized in a way that my request does not reflect, but it is difficult for me to understand how there are no other communications. I have submitted a very similar request to other towns, and it seems that many emails and letters (and sometimes even text messages) are generated in the relationship between a CCA host and the company itself. Could you please clarify this discrepancy?

Thanks so much for your help. I can give you a call this week, if that works.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Michelle Dunlap

Beryl,

I understand your expectation that there might be regular communications between a CCA "host" and the company itself, but please understand that the Town of Estancia is not properly the "host" for the CCA facility, as it is Torrance County, rather than the Town, that holds the contract with CCA and handles its certifications and accreditations and presumably maintains more regular contact with the facility. There simply are not the regular communications between Town and CCA officials that you seem to expect.

Thank you,

Michelle

Michelle Dunlap
Deputy Clerk
Town of Estancia
PO Box 166
Estancia, NM 87016
Phone: 505-384-2709
Fax: 505-384-2267
mdunlap@townofestancia.com<mailto:mdunlap@townofestancia.com>

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Michelle,

Thanks so much for your explanation. I really appreciated your help.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Beryl

From: Michelle Dunlap

You’re welcome.

Michelle

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