COVID-19 @ Corrections, BoP(s), Correctional Facilities/Institutions (Department of Corrections)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Maine.
Tracking #

200423194

2020-29

Multi Request COVID-19 @ Corrections, BoP(s), Correctional Facilities/Institutions
Due April 29, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emma North-Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records describing the co-pay for each medical service at each applicable facilities

Records describing the number of inmates reported to infirmary between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of inmates reported respiratory/breathing issues, flu-like or pneumonia-like symptoms between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of inmates were referred to higher level of care, how many were sent to outside facilities, how many outside medical personnel visited each prison/facility between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number COVID-19 tests each prison has performed, how many ordered, process for testing between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of units of soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene and sanitary, sanitizing or cleaning products distributed from September until now, how many sold from commissary, how many distributed normally, how many were requested by prisoners between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of units of clothing sold in commissary, sanitary pads, coffee filters between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing transfers in and out of each prison between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing statistics on BOP prisoners in overflow or other non-BOP facilities i.e. county, city, state jails, as well as those listed "not in BOP custody" between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing monthly prison populations between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of prisoners released each month between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Emails and memos from senior management/leadership on compassionate release due to COVID-19 between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Compassionate release guidance both general and specific to COVID-19, released or in effect between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the ordered quantities of the medications 4E2RCat, ABBV-744, Camostat, Captopril, CB5083, Chloramphenicol, Chloroquine, Compound 10, Compound 2, CPI-0610, Dabrafenib, DBeQ, dBET6, IHVR-19029, Linezolid, Lisinopril, Minoxidil, ML240, MZ1, Nafamostat, Pevonedistat, PS3061, Rapamycin (Sirolimus), Sanglifehrin A, Sapanisertib (INK128/MlN128), FK-506 (Tacrolimus), Ternatin 4 (DA3), Tigecycline, Tomivosertib (eFT-508), Verdinexor, WDB002, Zotatifin (eFT226), Loratadine, Daunorubicin, Midostaurin, Ponatinib, Silmitasertib , Valproic Acid, Haloperidol, Metformin, Migalastat, S-verapamil, Indomethacin, Ruxolitinib, Mycophenolic acid, Entacapone, Ribavirin, E-52862, Merimepodib, RVX-208, XL413, AC-55541, Apicidin, AZ3451, AZ8838, Bafilomycin A1, CCT 365623, GB110, H-89, JQ1, PB28, PD-144418, RS-PPCC, TMCB, UCPH-101, ZINC1775962367, ZINC4326719, ZINC4511851, ZINC95559591, favipiravir, hydroxychloroquine, zinc, azithromycin, between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

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 in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. 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 library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit 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 such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). 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 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Department of Corrections

Good Afternoon Emma,

Your FOAA request 2020-29, attached, has been received. I am in the process of researching what is available and once I have my findings, I will contact you.

Please note that due to the COVID 19, resources are limited, so It may take a little longer for my research and collection of anything that is non-confidential and available and for items I do have available I will send to you as soon as I have them.

Respectfully,

Jane L. Tower, Secretary Specialist
Maine Dept. of Corrections
111 SHS
Augusta, ME 04330
T: 207.287.3366
F: 207.287.4370
Jane.tower@maine.gov<mailto:Jane.tower@maine.gov>
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From: Department of Corrections

Dear Emma,

Please find below responses to each item within your FOAA request 2020-29 attached. I numbered them for easier reading (see below).
I will continue to send any information available in response to those that are still in the process of being researched.

2020-29 FOAA Request/Responses:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Records describing the co-pay for each medical service at each applicable facilities.

Response: You may find Adult Facility Policy 18.1 Governance and Administration Procedure K on our website at www.maine.gov/corrections<http://www.maine.gov/corrections> "our policies".

1. Records describing the number of inmates reported to infirmary between September

2019 and the date of the processing of this request.

Response: Assuming you are referring to the number of inmates admitted to the infirmary, From 9/1/2019 to present, we've had 40 infirmary admissions.

1. Records describing the number of inmates reported respiratory/breathing issues, flu-like or pneumonia-like symptoms between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.
Response: Sick call encounters are not tracked by complaint therefore this information is not available. The FOAA does not require the creation of a report that does not already exist.

1. How many outside medical personnel visited each prison/facility between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Response: The following numbers represent the number of inmate contacts within the facilities by subcontracted providers that also provide services in the community and does not reflect the number of inmates, as multiple encounters with the same patient not differentiated in statistical reporting, only reported as encounters:

* PT = 445
* Optometry = 682
* Oral Surgery = 360
* X-Ray = 254
Records describing the number of inmates were referred to higher level of care, how many were sent to outside facilities, who was referred to outside provider.

* The following numbers only represent the offsite appointments that MDOC inmates were taken to since 9/1. It does not reflect the actual number of MDOC inmates, as each may have had multiple offsite appointments.
* 1,345 total offsite appointments since 9/1 which is broken down by the following categories:
* Dialysis: 276
* ER: 190
* Inpatient Admissions: 52
* Office Visits: 389
* Office Visits with Procedure: 174
* One Day Surgery: 99
* Radiology: 165

1. Records describing the number each COVID 19 tests each prison has performed, how many ordered, process for testing between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.

Response: You may find most of this information on our website at www.maine.gov/corrections<http://www.maine.gov/corrections> Information on Covid 19.

1. Records describing the number of units of soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene and sanitary, sanitizing or cleaning products distributed from September until now, how many sold from commissary, how many distributed normally, how many were requested by prisoners between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Response: I am researching to see if this information is available.

1. Records describing the number of units of clothing sold in commissary, sanitary pads, coffee filters between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Response: It is my understanding that we sell very few sanitary napkins through commissary, because we distribute them for free on an as needed basis, however, as for clothing and coffee filters I am not sure. I am in the process of researching and will respond once I know the answer.

1. Records describing transfers in and out of each prison between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request-

Response: You may find this information at our website www.maine.gov/corrections<http://www.maine.gov/corrections> under Reports and Statistical Information.

1. Records describing statistics on BOP prisoners in overflow or other non-BOP facilities i.e. county, city, state jails, as well as those listed "not in BOP custody" between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request. Response: Assuming that you are referring to the Dept. of Corrections, and not the BOP, I believe I will be able to obtain the stats about DOC prisoners in county jails and out of state and once I do, I will send to you.

1. Records describing monthly prison populations between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.

Response: You may find this information at our website www.maine.gov/corrections<http://www.maine.gov/corrections> under Reports and Statistical Information.

1. Records describing the number of prisoners released each month between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.

Response: You may find this information at our website www.maine.gov/corrections<http://www.maine.gov/corrections> under Reports and Statistical Information.

1. Emails and memos from senior management/leadership on compassionate release due to COVID-19 between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.
2. Compassionate release guidance both general and specific to COVID-19, released or in effect between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.

Response for 12 and 13: We don't have a compassionate release program specifically for COVID 19. Please see adult facility policy 27.2 Supervised Community Confinement Program at our website at www.maine.gov/corrections<http://www.maine.gov/corrections> listed under "our policies" and review our COVID 19 dashboard also at our website.

1. Records describing the ordered quantities of the medications 4E2RCat, ABBV-744, camostat, Captopril, CB5083, chloramphenicol, Chloroquine, Compound 10, Compound 2, CPI-0610, Dabrafenib, DBeQ, dBET6, IHVR-19029, Linezolid, Lisinopril, Minoxidil, ML240, MZ1, Nafamostat, Pevonedistat, PS3061, Rapamycin (Sirolimus), SanglifehrinA, Sapanisertib (INK128/MlN12B), FK-506 (Tacrolimus), Ternatin 4 (DA3), Tigecycline, Tomivosertib (eFT-508), Verdinexor, WDB002, Zotatifin (eFT226), Loratadine, Daunorubicin, Midostaurin, Ponatinib, Silmitasertib , Valproic Acid, Haloperidol, Metformin, Migalastat, S-verapamil, Indomethacin, Ruxolitinib, Mycophenolic acid, Entacapone, Ribavirin, E-52862, Merimepodib, RVX-208, XL413, AC-55541, Apicidin, AZ3451, AZ8838, Bafilomycin A1, CCT 365623, GB110, H-89, JQ1,
PB28, PD-144418, RS-PPCC, TMCB, UCPH-101, ZINC1775962367, ZINC4326719, ZINC4511851,
ZINC95559591, favipiravir, hydroxychloroquine, zinc, azithromycin, between
September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request.
Response: We have a private healthcare provider who orders the medications. I am in the process of researching if we have this information available.

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 in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The outline, among others. 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 library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit 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 such, it is not necessary for
me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is
in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). 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 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

sincerely, Emma Best

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

For mailed responses, please address (see note): MuckRock News
DEPT MR 92194
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.

Respectfully,

Jane Tower, Secretary Specialist on behalf of
Karen Yeaton, Associate Commissioner
Maine Dept. of Corrections
111 SHS
Augusta, ME 04330
T: 207.287.4378
F: 207.287.4370
Karen.yeaton@maine.gov<mailto:Karen.yeaton@maine.gov>

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From: Department of Corrections

Good Morning Emma,

Please find this as a partial follow-up to your FOAA request regarding #6 from your original request below.

Records describing the number of units of soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene and sanitary, sanitizing or cleaning products distributed from September until now, how many sold from commissary, how many distributed normally, how many were requested by prisoners between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Response: Please find attached the reports that show Commissary Product Sales by Category from Sept 2019 to Mar 2020. Please feel free to search for the specific items you are requesting data for.

I am still waiting for info regarding #s 9 and 14, if it exists.

Respectfully,

Jane Tower, Secretary Specialist on behalf of
Karen Yeaton, Associate Commissioner
Maine Dept. of Corrections
111 SHS
Augusta, ME 04330
T: 207.287.4378
F: 207.287.4370
Karen.yeaton@maine.gov<mailto:Karen.yeaton@maine.gov>

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From: Department of Corrections

Good Afternoon Emma,

As I continue to fulfill your FOAA request 2020-29(see below), please find the response to Number 9 regarding:

Records describing statistics on BOP prisoners in overflow or other non-BOP facilities i.e. county, city, state jails, as well as those listed "not in BOP custody" between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request. Response: Assuming that you are referring to the Dept. of Corrections, and not the BOP and although not considered "overflow" All we have for information from pre-existing reports is:

1. Between September 2019 and today, there have been 19 DOC prisoners who, sometime during that time period, were being housed in county jails, but not necessarily all at the same time.
2. As of May 4th, 59 DOC prisoners were being housed out of state, with 33 of those being prisoners awaiting trial on out-of-state charges (and, therefore, likely to be back in DOC custody fairly quickly) and 26 of those being prisoners transferred out of state (and, therefore, likely to stay out of state longer, perhaps until the end of their sentences. These numbers, especially the latter, do not tend to change much.
Please also visit our website at www.maine.gov/corrections to find populations, statistical and other report information.

Once I have the answer for number 14(below) of your request, if it exists, I will send to you.

Respectfully,

Jane Tower, Secretary Specialist on behalf of
Karen Yeaton, Associate Commissioner
Maine Dept. of Corrections
111 SHS
Augusta, ME 04330
T: 207.287.4378
F: 207.287.4370
Karen.yeaton@maine.gov<mailto:Karen.yeaton@maine.gov>

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