Department of Corrections Death Penalty Procedures (Department of Corrections)

Emily Hopkins filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Florida.
Tracking # 15-111
Status
Rejected

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From: Emily Hopkins

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

Policies, procedures and/or training documents pertaining to the execution of death row inmates.

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 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Emily Hopkins

From: Beard, Donna

Dear Ms. Hopkins:

The Department of Corrections is in receipt of your public records request below for a copy of policies, procedures and/or training documents pertaining to the execution of death row inmates.

Your request (PRR 15-111) is under review in this office for an appropriate response.

If records responsive to your request are determined to exist, you may receive a cost estimate (DC1-201) and upon receipt of payment, non-confidential and non-exempt records will be produced or made available for inspection in accordance with Ch. 119 and s. 945.10, Florida Statutes.

Sincerely,

Donna Beard
Department of Corrections
Office of the General Counsel
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
(850) 717-3625

Our Vision: "Changing Lives to Ensure a Safer Florida"

From: Beard, Donna

Dear Ms. Hopkins:

In response to your request for “policies and procedures” that pertain “to the execution of death row inmates”, the Department’s Execution by Lethal Injection Procedure may be viewed at the following link:

http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/deathrow/index.html

As to your request for “training documents pertaining to the execution of death row inmates[,]” records responsive to your request are confidential and exempt from the provisions of section 119.071(1), Florida Statutes, and section 24(a), Article I, of the Florida Constitution. These records relate to the Department’s statutorily mandated duties under chapter 922, Florida Statutes, and pursuant to sections 945.10(1)(e) and (g), Florida Statutes, “[i]nformation which if released would jeopardize a person’s safety” and “[i]nformation which identifies an executioner, or any person prescribing, preparing, compounding, dispensing, or administering a lethal injection” is confidential and exempt from public records disclosure. Additionally, records responsive to your request for “training documents” are records “relating directly to the physical security of an institution” or records “revealing security systems of an institution” and are confidential and exempt from public records disclosure pursuant to section 119.071(3), Florida Statutes.

Sincerely,

Donna Beard
Department of Corrections
Office of the General Counsel
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
(850) 717-3625

Our Vision: "Changing Lives to Ensure a Safer Florida"

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