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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Iowa.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law (Code Chapter 22), 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Scaletta, Fred [DOC]

Mr. Lipton,

The last Hostage incident within the Iowa Department of Corrections was in 1982. There is no electronic record of this incident. The hard records are secured and classified as confidential. The Department Policy is also classified as confidential, however you can review a redacted copy on the Iowa Department of Corrections website:<>, Policies-Institutional Operations-Security and Control-IO-SC-32.

Fred Scaletta
Assistant Director
Iowa Department of Corrections
Office: (515) 725-5707
Pager: (515) 284-9004