complaints regarding water at MA prisons

Deeper Than Water filed this request with the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts.
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BEH-2018-6

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From: Deeper Than Water

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Please furnish all complaints or grievances filed regarding the water at prisons within the Massachusetts Department of Correction, including but not limited to: MCI-Shirley, MCI-Souza-Baranowski, MCI-Framingham, MCI-Norfolk, MCI-Cedar Junction, MCI-Bay State CF filed between (and including) the years of 2010-2018.

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 the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
Christine Mitchell, Harvard School of Public Health
Deeper Than Water

From: Department of Public Health

Dear Ms. Mitchell:

We received your public records request below and would like to request the following clarification:

Are you requesting records relating to water quality, temperature, sewerage, or all three?

Thank you

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777

From: Department of Public Health

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

If we do not hear back from you regarding the email below by Noon tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4), we will proceed to searching our records for complaints relating to all three: drinking/bathing water quality, water temperature, and water sewerage issues. If our search takes more than four hours of staff time, we will provide you with a fee estimate letter.

Please note that I have clarified my original question below (see highlighting).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777

From: Deeper Than Water

Hello Ms. Wagner,

Thank you so much for your quick reply. Per your previous request, I am interested in both the drinking and bathing water quality, but not temperature or sewage.

Best,

Christine

From: Department of Public Health

Dear Ms. Mitchell:

Please find attached our fee estimate in response to your public records request, which is referenced below. I am also attaching information on our public records appeals process.

Sincerely,

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777

Department of Public Health
PRL Office
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

April 3, 2018

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Hello Ms. Wagner,

Thank you so much for your quick reply. Per your previous request, I am interested in both the drinking and bathing water quality, but not temperature or sewage.

Best,

Christine

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Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 51992
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.

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On April 3, 2018:
Dear Ms. Mitchell,

If we do not hear back from you regarding the email below by Noon tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4), we will proceed to searching our records for complaints relating to all three: drinking/bathing water quality, water temperature, and water sewerage issues. If our search takes more than four hours of staff time, we will provide you with a fee estimate letter.

Please note that I have clarified my original question below (see highlighting).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US<mailto:Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US>
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777
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On April 3, 2018:
Dear Ms. Mitchell:

We received your public records request below and would like to request the following clarification:

Are you requesting records relating to water drinking/bathing quality, temperature, sewerage, or all three?

Thank you

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US<mailto:Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US>
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777
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On March 31, 2018:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Please furnish all complaints or grievances filed regarding the water at prisons within the Massachusetts Department of Correction, including but not limited to: MCI-Shirley, MCI-Souza-Baranowski, MCI-Framingham, MCI-Norfolk, MCI-Cedar Junction, MCI-Bay State CF filed between (and including) the years of 2010-2018.

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 the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
Christine Mitchell, Harvard School of Public Health
Deeper Than Water

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/department-public-health-3569/complaints-regarding-water-at-ma-prisons-51992/?email=carolyn.wagner%40state.ma.us&uuid-login=8eac8fa8-bb01-4648-a3bb-2e75e0983428#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 51992
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.

From: Deeper Than Water

Dear Ms. Wagner,

Thank you so much for your work on this. This is really helpful to get an idea of the scale that we're working with. If possible, please provide an adjusted quote for records only pertaining to MCI-Norfolk, MCI-Walpole and MCI-Cedar Junction for the aforementioned time period.

Best,

Christine, HSPH

From: Department of Public Health

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

Thank you; please find attached our revised fee letter.

Sincerely,

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777

  • 04.02.2018 - Christine Mitchell - MuckRock - Water at MA Prisons - BEH-2018-60 - Revised_fee_letter

From: Deeper Than Water


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $105.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

  • 04.02.2018 - Christine Mitchell - MuckRock - Water at MA Prisons - BEH-2018-60 - Revised_fee_letter

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