Gender dysphoria info

Andrew Quemere filed this request with the Department of Correction of Massachusetts.
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From: Andrew Quemere

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

* All polices of the Gender Dysphoria Treatment Committee

* All quarterly reports by the Gender Dysphoria Treatment Committee

* All security reviews related to treatment plans for inmates with gender dysphoria

* All written decisions by the commissioner about security reviews related to treatment plans for inmates with gender dysphoria

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Andrew Quemere

From: Andrew Quemere

Supervisor of Records,

I filed a request with the Massachusetts Department of Correction on April 19, 2016. Since then, more than two months have elapsed and I have sent five follow-up communications, but the DOC has not even acknowledged my request. Please order the DOC to comply with my request. Additionally, since DOC staff appear to be unaware of their obligations under the public records law, please order DOC staff to complete a public records training seminar.

Yours truly,
Andrew Quemere

From: Andrew Quemere

Supervisor of Records,

On June 21, 2016, I filed an appeal with your office regarding a public records request sent to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. Please acknowledge that you have received this appeal, assign it an appeal number, and list it on your website.

Yours truly,
Andrew Quemere

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Thank you, received and acknowledged.

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Good morning,

This office is in receipt of your public records appeal dated July 19, 2016. In order to open an appeal, any emails forwarded to this office must include the email header. This header includes the fields To, From, Time Sent, Subject, and any attachments. Please resubmit your appeal according to this procedure.

Thank you,

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

From: Andrew Quemere

Kellie Sullivan,

All communications associated with my appeal are visible here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/massachusetts-1/gender-dysphoria-info-25275/

Yours truly,
Andrew Quemere

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

Please find attached another copy of the raw email associated with this appeal.

Thank you for your help,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Andrew Quemere

Kellie Sullivan,

Just to follow up. Is the information I sent you what you need?

Yours truly,
Andrew Quemere

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Good morning,

Your appeal was received and opened, and has since been closed. The determination letter was mailed to you on August 26. I have attached an electronic copy of the determination to this email for your convenience.

Thank you,

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

From: Andrew Quemere

Kellie Sullivan,

It's been more than 10 days since you provided the Department of Correction with a second copy of my request, but DOC still has yet to respond. Please refer this appeal to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office for enforcement.

Yours truly,
Andrew Quemere

From: Department of Correction

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Andrew Quemere

Richard,

As I stated in my request, I would prefer electronic copies of these records. I ask that you waive the copying fee and mailing costs, and send me these records through email.

In lieu of this, I intend to pick up the records in person or have a colleague do so on my behalf, so I still ask that you waive the mailing costs.

Yours truly,
Andrew Quemere

From: Rastellini, Patricia (SEC)

Please See SPR17/138, SPR17/139 and SPR17/140 dated February 1, 2017.

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