Post-incarceration employment options (Department of Correction)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Correction of Indiana.
Multi Request Post-incarceration employment options and reports - September 2018


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

• All policies related to the employment and payment of incarcerated persons under the jurisdiction of this agency.

• The most recent report regarding currently-employed incarcerated persons under the jurisdiction of this agency. Please include all available segregable information, including the type of employment, the wage at which the employment occurs, and any other applicable information. Please do not include any personally identifying information.

• All reports regarding post-incarceration employment for individuals formally under the jurisdiction of this agency.

If no such reports exist and if reports with equivalent information also do not exist, confirmation of the fact that no data at all exists on this subject will suffice.

Please feel free to call the MuckRock office for further clarification: 617-299-1832.

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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Department of Correction

Good Morning -

Attached is a policy regarding offender work assignments and pay scales in response to your first request.

After reviewing your remaining request, we have determined that further clarity is needed. Indiana’s public records law (APRA) requires a request for public records to be made with “reasonable particularity.” (Ind. Code 5-14-3-3(a)) Indiana’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) has published numerous advisory opinions on the topic of reasonable particularity. This is necessary for any agency to correctly and efficiently locate and disclose records responsive to a request. For example, the PAC advises that requests for emails include a specifically named sender and recipient, a date range of less than six months, and search terms. (PAC Advisory Opinion 16-FC-128)

Your current request asks the Department of Correction to search all records regarding, or relating to, two broad categories. There are few other specifics in your request to allow us to begin searching. To enable us to conduct the search, please narrow your request by providing specific search terms or keywords, a date range, specific facilities, any/or recipients.

To be clear, the Indiana Department of Correction is not denying your request; The Department of Correction is asking that your public records request be amended to satisfy the legal requirements of APRA. After receipt of your amended request, responsive records will be identified and gathered. It may be that some records will be produced subject to redaction and other documents may be withheld as permitted by applicable law. Pursuant to Indiana Code § 5-14-3-3, disclosable records will be provided in a reasonable period of time.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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