Transgender Inmate Count and Housing Placement

Kathryn Sosin Oeser filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Iowa.
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From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in custody in the Department of Corrections as mandated to be recorded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
-the number of transgender women in custody
-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
-the number of transgender men in custody
-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Sosin Oeser

From: Department of Corrections

Hello,
The department does not track inmates under the term "transgender," however
we do have the ability to track inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

We currently have 28 inmates with such a diagnosis.
Thank you,
Cord

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Information, DOC <doc.information@iowa.gov>
Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 8:59 AM
Subject: Fwd: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Transgender Inmate Count and
Housing Placement
To: Cord Overton <cord.overton@iowa.gov>

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 6:39 PM
Subject: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Transgender Inmate Count and
Housing Placement
To: <doc.information@iowa.gov>

Department of Corrections
ORA Office
East 12th and Des Moines Streets
Des Moines, IA 50319

June 3, 2019

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, I hereby request the following
records:

A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in
custody in the Department of Corrections as mandated to be recorded by the
Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
-the number of transgender women in custody
-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
-the number of transgender men in custody
-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities

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 10 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Sosin Oeser

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--
D. Billhorn
Iowa Department of Corrections
515.725.5710

--

Cord Overton | Communications Director

Iowa Department of Corrections

515.725.5707 | cord.overton@iowa.gov

https://doc.iowa.gov/

From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

Thank you so much, Cord. Do you have any further information on the breakdown on how those inmates identify in terms of gender and where they are placed- in terms of mens or women's facilities?

From: Department of Corrections

Hello,
Here is a breakdown of our numbers:

There are a total of 26 patients that currently have a diagnosis of Gender
Dysphoria in the nine IDOC prison facilities.

Of these, 22 of them are in male facilities and identify as female; three
of them are in a female facility and identify as male. And one male that
identifies as female at the women’s facility.

Thank you,

Cord

On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 12:34 PM <requests@muckrock.com>
wrote:

>
> Department of Corrections
> ORA Office
> East 12th and Des Moines Streets
> Des Moines, IA 50319
>
> June 17, 2019
>
> This is a follow up to a previous request:
>
> Thank you so much, Cord. Do you have any further information on the
> breakdown on how those inmates identify in terms of gender and where they
> are placed- in terms of mens or women's facilities?
>
> Filed via MuckRock.com
> E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
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> Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
> above link to let us know.
>
> For mailed responses, please address (see note):
> MuckRock News
> DEPT MR 74759
> 411A Highland Ave
> Somerville, MA 02144-2516
>
> PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
> being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
> and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
> (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
> department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
>
> ---
>
> On June 14, 2019:
> Subject: Fwd: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Transgender Inmate Count and
> Housing Placement
> Hello,
> The department does not track inmates under the term "transgender," however
> we do have the ability to track inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
>
> We currently have 28 inmates with such a diagnosis.
> Thank you,
> Cord
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Information, DOC <doc.information@iowa.gov>
> Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 8:59 AM
> Subject: Fwd: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Transgender Inmate Count and
> Housing Placement
> To: Cord Overton <cord.overton@iowa.gov>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: <requests@muckrock.com>
> Date: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 6:39 PM
> Subject: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Transgender Inmate Count and
> Housing Placement
> To: <doc.information@iowa.gov>
>
> Department of Corrections
> ORA Office
> East 12th and Des Moines Streets
> Des Moines, IA 50319
>
> June 3, 2019
>
> To Whom It May Concern:
>
> Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, I hereby request the following
> records:
>
> A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in
> custody in the Department of Corrections as mandated to be recorded by the
> Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
> -the number of transgender women in custody
> -the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
> -the number of transgender men in custody
> -the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities
>
> 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 10 business
> days, as the statute requires.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Kathryn Sosin Oeser
>
> Filed via MuckRock.com
> E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
> Upload documents directly:
>
> https://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?url_auth_token=AAAep37jHvhmApEYLr_PfJUmBE4%3A1hXwXi%3A2FgvBErerBZU1ukudoqKE0oVE9o&next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fdepartment-corrections-3979%252Ftransgender-inmate-count-and-housing-placement-74759%252F%253Femail%253Ddoc.information%252540iowa.gov
> Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
> above link to let us know.
>
> For mailed responses, please address (see note):
> MuckRock News
> DEPT MR 74759
> 411A Highland Ave
> Somerville, MA 02144-2516
>
> PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
> being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
> and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
> (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
> department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
> --
> D. Billhorn
> Iowa Department of Corrections
> 515.725.5710
>
> --
>
> Cord Overton | Communications Director
>
> Iowa Department of Corrections
>
> 515.725.5707 | cord.overton@iowa.gov
>
> https://doc.iowa.gov/
> ---
>
> On June 3, 2019:
> Subject: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Transgender Inmate Count and
> Housing Placement
>
> To Whom It May Concern:
>
> Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, I hereby request the following
> records:
>
> A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in
> custody in the Department of Corrections as mandated to be recorded by the
> Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
> -the number of transgender women in custody
> -the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
> -the number of transgender men in custody
> -the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities
>
> 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 10 business
> days, as the statute requires.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Kathryn Sosin Oeser
>
> Filed via MuckRock.com
> E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
> Upload documents directly:
> https://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fdepartment-corrections-3979%252Ftransgender-inmate-count-and-housing-placement-74759%252F%253Femail%253Dcord.overton%252540iowa.gov&url_auth_token=AAAep37jHvhmApEYLr_PfJUmBE4%3A1hcvWM%3AqoXkFLKpuNJ3FuvhKPLSasccdE8
> Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
> above link to let us know.
>
> For mailed responses, please address (see note):
> MuckRock News
> DEPT MR 74759
> 411A Highland Ave
> Somerville, MA 02144-2516
>
> PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
> being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
> and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
> (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
> department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
>
>
--

Cord Overton | Communications Director

Iowa Department of Corrections

From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Sosin Oeser

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