Louisiana state prisons' inmate labor agreements

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

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All contracts, memorandums of understanding, agreements, invoices, and related materials regarding the employment and/or use of inmates and inmate labor sourced from facilities operating within the Louisiana state prison system, including the following:

Allen Correctional Center (private)
Avoyelles Correctional Center
B. B. Rayburn Correctional Center
C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center
David Wade Correctional Center
Dixon Correctional Institute
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women
Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola Prison)
Winn Correctional Center

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Jonathan Vining

To whom it may concern:

The Department is in receipt of the attached request regarding the
employment of inmates and the use of inmate labor. Please be advised that
this is a substantial request, and the documents you seek are maintained in
hard copy format only. Fees will not be waived. As such, the Department
must insist upon a $10,000 deposit to begin compiling the information you
request. I trust this sufficiently answers your concerns.

(See attached file: Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Printer.pdf)

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Vining,

I'd like to revisit this request in such a way that the burden upon your office is not so great. I hope we can discuss ways in which to do this. At the previous rate cited, it would be less expensive to inspect the records in-person; my understanding is that fees may only be charged in the case that I wish to view them outside of regular office hours. Could you please give me some sense as to whether there is a database that may contain upper-level details of these agreements? Or could we organize a time to discuss other options?

Thanks so much,
Beryl

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Vining,

I'm just following up on my last message. I hope you've been well.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Jonathan Vining

(See attached file: Rapides.TWP.pdf)(See attached file: Caddo.TWP.pdf)(See
attached file: Lincoln.Parish.J&B.Poultry.pdf)(See attached file:
Morehouse.TWP.pdf)(See attached file: Morehouse.TWP.Updated.pdf)(See
attached file: Rapides.TWP.pdf)(See attached file:
SPLC.Response.6.7.2016.pdf)(See attached file: TWP.Employer.Agreement.pdf)
(See attached file: TWP.Employers.pdf)
(See attached file: TWP.Job.Titles.pdf)(See attached file:
West.Baton.Rouge.TWP.pdf)(See attached file: West.Feliciana.TWP.pdf)

DOC has no further documents responsive to the request. We consider this
matter closed.


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Subject
RE: Louisiana Public Records Act
Request: Louisiana state prisons'
inmate labor agreements





July 27, 2016
Department of Corrections
La. Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Attn: Deputy Secretary’s Office
P.O. Box 94304
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On July 12, 2016:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

---

On June 27, 2016:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

---

On June 10, 2016:
Hello Mr. Vining,

I'm just following up on my last message. I hope you've been well.

Best wishes,
Beryl
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On May 29, 2016:
Hello Mr. Vining,

I'd like to revisit this request in such a way that the burden upon your
office is not so great. I hope we can discuss ways in which to do this. At
the previous rate cited, it would be less expensive to inspect the records
in-person; my understanding is that fees may only be charged in the case
that I wish to view them outside of regular office hours. Could you please
give me some sense as to whether there is a database that may contain
upper-level details of these agreements? Or could we organize a time to
discuss other options?

Thanks so much,
Beryl
---

On Sept. 28, 2015:
To whom it may concern:

The Department is in receipt of the attached request regarding the
employment of inmates and the use of inmate labor. Please be advised that
this is a substantial request, and the documents you seek are maintained in
hard copy format only. Fees will not be waived. As such, the Department
must insist upon a $10,000 deposit to begin compiling the information you
request. I trust this sufficiently answers your concerns.

(See attached file: Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Printer.pdf)

---

On Sept. 28, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

---

On Sept. 11, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 27, 2015. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

---

On Aug. 27, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

All contracts, memorandums of understanding, agreements, invoices, and
related materials regarding the employment and/or use of inmates and inmate
labor sourced from facilities operating within the Louisiana state prison
system, including the following:

Allen Correctional Center (private)
Avoyelles Correctional Center
B. B. Rayburn Correctional Center
C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center
David Wade Correctional Center
Dixon Correctional Institute
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women
Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola Prison)
Winn Correctional Center

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 3 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Vining,

I hope this message finds you well after so long! I was going back through this request, and I noticed that there were no materials provided for the Dixon Correctional Institute. Would it be possible to receive those documents at this time?

Thanks so much for your help.

Best wishes,
Beryl

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