ICE MOUs/MOAs (Department of Corrections)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Kansas.
Multi Request ICE MOUs/MOAs
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Kansas Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), memoranda of agreement or other liaison, information sharing or prisoner/detainee transfer agreements or delegations of authority with or involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed or otherwise put into effect between March 1, 2003 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Department of Corrections

June 28, 2019

Emma Best
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 76185
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing in response to your Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) request to the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) for documentation of agreements between the KDOC and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

We could not locate any agreements, contracts or memoranda of agreements or understandings between the KDOC and ICE. In a policy, available on our website at, there is a reference that appears to refer to a completed agreement, no such document could be located. I am of the understanding from our legal division staff that the MOU was worked on and agreed to but that the contents were then spelled out in the policy rather than formalized in an MOU.

Thank you.


Cheryl Cadue
Public Information Officer
Kansas Department of Corrections

From: Emma North-Best


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

Emma Best