Administrative and criminal investigations of sexual abuse (Department of Corrections)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Louisiana.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All administrative investigations since Aug. 20, 2012 into allegations of sexual abuse in correctional facilities administered by your agency. Title 115.71 (f) of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) requires that all administrative investigations "shall be documented in written reports that include a description of the physical and testimonial evidence, the reasoning behind credibility assessments, and investigative facts and findings."

-All criminal investigations since Aug. 20, 2012 of allegations of sexual abuse in correctional facilities administered by your agency. Title 115.71 (g) of the PREA requires that all criminal investigations "shall be documented in a written report that contains a thorough description of physical, testimonial, and documentary evidence and attaches copies of all documentary evidence where feasible."

Title 115.71 (i) of the PREA requires that correctional agencies maintain copies of administrative and criminal investigations for "as long as the alleged abuser is incarcerated or employed by the agency, plus five years."

I understand that the documents I am requesting contain sensitive, personal information, and I expect that you will redact names and other identifying facts.

As a member of the news media, I request that all fees be waived.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Susan Wall Griffin

To: Todd Feathers
MuckRock News
Via the requested email address
February 18, 2014

Re: Public Records Request

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections is in receipt of your public records request dated February 12, 2014 and received February 14, 2014 requesting copies of investigations into sexual abuse in correctional facilities administered by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections, Corrections Services, free of charge. As required by Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 and Part 115 of Title 28 C.F.R Sec. 115.87(a), the Department "collect[s] accurate, uniform data for every allegation of sexual abuse at facilities under its direct control using standardized instrument and set of definitions". This information is posted on the Department's website and is updated annually. This is the only information that is both a public record and responsive to your request. You may find this information at the link below attached for your convenience. There is no charge for accessing information from our website.

Here's the link: http://www.doc.la.gov/quicklinks/offender-info/prea/

It's under "Offender Info," and then "PREA." if you go to the full DOC website.

Sincerely,
Susan Wall Griffin
Attorney for the Secretary
Department of Public Safety & Corrections

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