State-level solitary confinement policies/procedures and reporting requirements (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Florida.
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From: Beryl Lipton

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:

All policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, and those of various security level) related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons. Please include policies/procedures/reporting requirements for all such segregation activities, including, but not limited to, those associated with the following terms:

• solitary
• solitary confinement
• Security Housing Units
• Special Housing Units
• Intensive Management Units
• Restricted Housing Units
• Communication Management Units
• disciplinary segregation
• administrative segregation
• involuntary protective custody

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Houpt, Dianne S.

Ms. Lipton:

The Department of Corrections is in receipt of an email public records request dated April 9, 2015 directed to Florida Department of Corrections, Public Records Unit, for “All policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency’s jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, and those of various security level) related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons”, etc.

Please be advised that I have forwarded your request to Alan McManus, Chief, Bureau of Policy Management and Inmate Grievance Appeals, for review and response. If any records are determined to exist, the above custodian will provide your office an invoice for production of the records and, upon receipt of payment, the records will be provided in accordance with Chapter 119, Florida Statutes and Sec. 945.10, Florida Statutes.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact me at (850) 717-3615.

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Dianne H. Houpt
Florida Department of Corrections
Office of General Counsel
Public Records Unit
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Phone: (850) 717-3615
Fax: (850) 922-4355
Email: houpt.dianne@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any attachments are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you have received this message in error please contact the sender (by phone or reply by electronic mail) and then destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Houpt, Dianne S.

Ms. Lipton:

Please see response below and attached procedures above from Alan McManus, Chief, Policy Management and Inmate Grievance Appeals, in response to your request dated April 9, 2015 for State-Level Solitary Confinement policies and procedures. This concludes your request #14-959. Thank you.

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Dianne H. Houpt
Florida Department of Corrections
Office of General Counsel
Public Records Unit
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Phone: (850) 717-3615
Fax: (850) 922-4355
Email: houpt.dianne@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any attachments are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you have received this message in error please contact the sender (by phone or reply by electronic mail) and then destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Houpt, Dianne S.

Ms. Lipton:

Please see response below and attached procedures above from Alan McManus, Chief, Policy Management and Inmate Grievance Appeals, in response to your request dated April 9, 2015 for State-Level Solitary Confinement policies and procedures. This concludes your request #14-959. Thank you.

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Dianne H. Houpt
Florida Department of Corrections
Office of General Counsel
Public Records Unit
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Phone: (850) 717-3615
Fax: (850) 922-4355
Email: houpt.dianne@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any attachments are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you have received this message in error please contact the sender (by phone or reply by electronic mail) and then destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Houpt, Dianne S.

Ms. Lipton:

Please see response below and attached procedures above from Alan McManus, Chief, Policy Management and Inmate Grievance Appeals, in response to your request dated April 9, 2015 for State-Level Solitary Confinement policies and procedures. This concludes your request #14-959. Thank you.

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Dianne H. Houpt
Florida Department of Corrections
Office of General Counsel
Public Records Unit
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Phone: (850) 717-3615
Fax: (850) 922-4355
Email: houpt.dianne@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any attachments are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you have received this message in error please contact the sender (by phone or reply by electronic mail) and then destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Houpt,

Thank you very much for your help. The policies I've received refer to the following subjects:

403.003 - HEALTH SERVICES FOR INMATES IN SPECIAL HOUSING
602.033 - PROCEDURE TITLE: VIDEO CAMERAS/SEGREGATION HOUSING UNIT FIXED CAMERA VIDEOTAPE AND DIGITAL VIDEO MAINTENANCE AND RETENTION
602.047 - INMATE PROPERTY

I'm wondering if there are other DOC policies regarding the use of limited communication-type units. For example, are there policies regarding the use of isolated or limited communication detention for inmates awaiting disciplinary proceedings? Are there policies related to the use of segregation for security reasons? Any procedural materials along these lines would also be responsive to my request.

Thank you so much for all of your help!

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Houpt, Dianne S.

Ms. Lipton:

Please see responses below from Alan McManus, Chief, Bureau of Policy Management and Inmate Grievance Appeals in response to your follow-up question dated June 19, 2015 directed to Dianne Houpt. Your follow-up question relates to PRR #14-959. Please also see response from Diter Kelly of Mr. McManus’ office. Thank you.

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Dianne H. Houpt
Public Information Specialist
Florida Department of Corrections
Office of General Counsel
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Phone: (850) 717-3615
Fax: (850) 922-4355
Email: houpt.dianne@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any attachments are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited. If you have received this message in error please contact the sender (by phone or reply by electronic mail) and then destroy all copies of the original message.

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