ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Hays County Sheriff's Office of Hays County, TX.
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17-0735

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No Responsive Documents
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From: Debra Anderson

Good afternoon Mr. Schwencke,

Our office is in receipt of your Open Records Request, included below for your reference. The Civil Division of the District Attorney’s Office handles all law enforcement Open Records Requests for Hays County. To obtain the information you seek, please re-submit your request to da-civil@co.hays.tx.us<mailto:da-civil@co.hays.tx.us> or fax to 512‐393‐2246.

Please consider this request closed by our office.

Debra A. Anderson

Legal Assistant

Office of General Counsel

111 E. San Antonio, Suite 202

San Marcos, Texas 78666

Tel: (512) 393-2219

Fax: (512) 392-6500

Confidentiality Notice: The information contained in this message is covered by the Electronic Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521 and may be privileged and/or confidential and protected from disclosure. Unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact sender at (512) 393-2219 or reply by e-mail, and destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: District Attorney - Civil Division

Our office is in receipt of your Open Record Request which is enclosed for your reference. We will diligently gather responsive information and review that information prior to disclosure. If our review indicates that responsive information is privileged or non-disclosable, then a Request for Ruling will be sent to the Attorney General’s Office. The due date for your request is August 22, 2017. All information that is not the subject of a Request for Ruling will be provided to you as soon as reasonably possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you have questions or concerns.

Civil Division
Hays County Criminal District Attorney
712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2057
Ph. 512-393-7600
Fax 512-393-2246

***For more information please see www.co.hays.tx.us/open-records-2.aspx<http://www.co.hays.tx.us/open-records-2.aspx> ***

From: District Attorney - Civil Division

At this time, Hays County has no responsive material in relation to your open records request.

Please consider this request closed with our office.

Civil Division
Hays County Criminal District Attorney
712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2057
Ph. 512-393-7600
Fax 512-393-2246

***For more information please see www.co.hays.tx.us/open-records-2.aspx<http://www.co.hays.tx.us/open-records-2.aspx> ***

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi there,

For clarification: Does this mean the Hays County Sheriff has never received or investigated a report of a hate crime, or that you don't keep an index or other records of those you do investigate?

Thanks,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: District Attorney - Civil Division

Based on the information provided, we were unable to locate any crimes documented/classified as hate crimes for the requested time period.

Please consider this request closed with our office.

Civil Division

Hays County Criminal District Attorney

712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2057

Ph. 512-393-7600

Fax 512-393-2246

***For more information please see www.co.hays.tx.us/open-records-2.aspx<http://www.co.hays.tx.us/open-records-2.aspx> ***

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