Inmate debt and fees policies/reports (State-level) (Department of Correction)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Correction of Indiana.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

The following materials regarding the assessment, collection, and balances of inmate fees and debt:

• All policies and procedures regarding the goods, services, or any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable. Please include all policies on the garnishment/disbursement of funds from inmate accounts and wages (such as those related to mandatory saving, mandatory deductions, coverage of care, personal necessities, etc.), as well as all relevant reporting requirements. Please include all relevant data as regards to medical payments, room and board costs, meal fees, stamps and postage, hygienic materials, and any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable, etc.

• All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding current debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction. Please include all available segregable information (excluding individual personally-identifying elements, as necessary and appropriate), including but not limited to the reason for the debt/fee, the amount of the debt, the facility at which the debt was incurred, whether the debt is held by an inmate in custody or released, any available individual data regarding record of prior release, etc.

If further clarification is necessary, a phone call will happily be arranged.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

From: Bugher, Bob

I expect to have a response to you by the end of this work week.

From: Bugher, Bob

http://www.in.gov/idoc/

The above website has extensive information related to our agency. Copies of policies responsive to your request are listed on that website. They can be found by clicking on the “About IDOC” button on the left side of the page, and clicking on the policy button found on the dropbox of information. Policies which respond to your request are: 00-01-102 Offender Access to the Courts, 01-02-101 The Development and Delivery of Health Care Services, 01-02-107 Offender Urinalysis Program, 02-01-106 Offender Work Assignments and Pay Schedules, 02-01-108 The Establishment and Operation of Commissaries, 02-01-116 Offender Business Activities, 02-02-101 Community Reentry Centers, 02-02-102 Work Release Funds and Distribution of Earnings, 02-02-103 Community Reentry Center Cellular Telephones, 02-04-101 The Disciplinary Code for Adult Offenders, 02-04-104 Temporary Leaves for Adult Offenders, 04-01106 Gateage, Interstate Compact Fees and Transportation.

I have our fiscal personnel to attempt to compile the requested fiscal records for the time period beginning 6/1/15 and ending 6/1/16. They are quite busy with duties related to closing out our fiscal year (which ends June 30,2016), but expect to have an estimated response time to you sometime next week.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions for me at this time.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Bugher,

Thanks so much for your help! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend.

Best,
Beryl

From: Bugher, Bob

http://www.in.gov/idoc/

The above website has extensive information related to our agency. Copies of policies responsive to your request are listed on that website. They can be found by clicking on the “About IDOC” button on the left side of the page, and clicking on the policy button found on the dropbox of information. Policies which respond to your request are: 00-01-102 Offender Access to the Courts, 01-02-101 The Development and Delivery of Health Care Services, 01-02-107 Offender Urinalysis Program, 02-01-106 Offender Work Assignments and Pay Schedules, 02-01-108 The Establishment and Operation of Commissaries, 02-01-116 Offender Business Activities, 02-02-101 Community Reentry Centers, 02-02-102 Work Release Funds and Distribution of Earnings, 02-02-103 Community Reentry Center Cellular Telephones, 02-04-101 The Disciplinary Code for Adult Offenders, 02-04-104 Temporary Leaves for Adult Offenders, 04-01106 Gateage, Interstate Compact Fees and Transportation.

With respect to your request for specific numbers of monies paid by our offender population, I have been informed by our fiscal personnel that the information is not available at this time. It would need to be produced by having technology personnel do reports based on transaction codes. Other specific information is only available by checking day to day time periods, or a review of all IDOC offender records. Accordingly, since the records do not currently exist, we are unable to provide copies to you
Please let me know if you have any additional questions for me at this time.

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