State/local policies re: hostages within correctional facilities (Department of Correction)

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


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, procedures, memorandums of agreements, other memos, directives, communications, occurrence reports, and any other relevant materials regarding the reporting, negotiations, control, aftermath, and general treatment of hostages taken or individuals restrained in a hostage-like manner by individuals detained or under the supervision of facilities maintained under the jurisdiction of this agency, including juvenile, local, and private facilities, if applicable. If additional policies are maintained by other agencies, direction indicating such would be greatly appreciated.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Bugher, Bob

· Our Policy Manager informs that these materials are found in our Emergency Management training lesson plans. However, the materials are considered to be confidential and non-disclosable pursuant to Indiana Code 5-14-3-4(b)(8) because the records would represent administrative information that would jeopardize a security system. Access to hostage taking response information would permit those inclined to take a hostage to know and prepare for our efforts to resolve such a situation. Additionally, the records are exempted from disclosure pursuant to Indiana Administrative Code 210 IAC 1-6-2(3)(C) which prohibits the release of information which might result in physical harm to another person. Allowing the public, and perhaps the offender population, with information related to hostage rescue tactics and techniques, could put our staff and members of the general public in danger. Consequently, the records will not be released as a public document.
· I am sorry we were not able to be of more assistance in this matter. Please let me know if you have any additional questions at this time.


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