nutritional data for food at Kansas prisons

Deeper Than Water filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Kansas.
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From: Deeper Than Water

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please provide menus and nutritional data for 1 week of food at Hutchinson Correctional Facility. If there is a special diet for prisoners in solitary (aka segregation or management unit), please provide this as well.

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.

Sincerely,

Christine Mitchell, Harvard School of Public Health

From: Department of Corrections

April 17, 2018
Christine Mitchell
Harvard School of Public Health
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Dear Ms. Mitchell,
I am writing to advise you that the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) received your e-mailed request on April 16, 2018, for the following information:

* Menus and nutritional data for 1 week of food at Hutchinson Correctional Facility
* Special diet for prisoners in solitary (aka segregation or management unit)
In accordance with K.S.A. 45-218 (d), we have begun the process of determining if we possess any public records meeting the terms of your request and how best to proceed. Soon we will provide you with one or more of the following:

1. Copies of the requested public records.
2. A statement concerning our inability to locate any public records meeting the terms of your request.
3. A request for clarification concerning the types of records or information you are seeking.
4. Record requests that can be provided with less than one hour of staff time will not be billed for labor. If we determine that our office possesses the public records you request, but are voluminous, difficult to locate, and/or contain information that may include open and closed information, we will provide you with a written estimate of the fees that we will require be pre-paid in order to pay for the actual costs associated with (a) locating and/or retrieving the public records from storage, (b) staff time spent in assisting with making copies of the records, including staff time spent examining the records for possible closure and/or redaction, and (c) copying and mailing the requested public records. In addition to billing for labor that exceed one hour of staff time, the following rates shall apply:

* Copies, 25 cents per page after 100 pages. (The first 100 pages are free.)

* Staff time will be charged at the rate of pay for each person whose time is used in order to assist and/or respond to a specific request. This may include the time spent to access records maintained on computer facilities, review records to determine whether closure exceptions apply and /or to redact open from closed information. For the purpose of transparency, our rates are as follows: general staff time will be charged at $20 per hour, and information technology (IT) services and Legal staff services will be charged at $38 per hour.
* Additional fees may be assessed if any other costs are incurred by KDOC in connection with complying with a record request. KDOC will provide an estimate of the fees which shall be paid prior to the department gathering the records. In order to ensure payment, the final cost of providing access to or furnishing copies must be paid before the records are provided. If the final cost is less than the estimate, the requestor will be reimbursed for the difference.

1. If we determine that we do possess the records, but that the records are subject to closure by law, we will provide you with that information with a written citation to the laws allowing or requiring that type of public record to be closed.
We will respond as soon as possible to your Kansas Open Records Act Request. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Sincerely,

Cheryl Cadue
Kansas Department of Corrections
785-296-1928
Cheryl.Cadue@ks.gov

From: Department of Corrections

April 17, 2018
Christine Mitchell
Harvard School of Public Health
requests@muckrock.com
Dear Ms. Mitchell,
I am writing in regard to your request to the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) for menus and nutritional data for one week of food at Hutchinson Correctional Facility including special diet for prisoners in solitary (aka segregation or management unit).
I have attached 10 menus as provided by the KDOC's food contract monitor.
I believe this completes your request. Thank you.
Sincerely,

Cheryl Cadue
Kansas Department of Corrections
785-296-1928
Cheryl.Cadue@ks.gov

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