Massachusetts DYS Youth Pay to Stay Policy

Wayne Byun filed this request with the Department of Youth Services of Massachusetts.
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From: Wayne Byun

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The following materials regarding the imposition, assessment, collection and balances of fees and debt for incarcerated youth (i.e., juvenile):

a) All current policies and procedures regarding medical and room & board costs or fees for which incarcerated youth (i.e. juvenile) and/or their parents or legal guardians are or may become liable. Please include all policies and procedures related to how fees are set, accrued, imposed, collected, and enforced (such as those related to per diem fees, ability to pay determinations, penalties for late or non-payment, authorization for civil or criminal action for payment enforcement, etc).

b) All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction in FY2021. Please include all relevant data regarding medical and room & board costs, including the number of youths (i.e., juveniles) charged for medical and room & board costs or fees and the total amount of medical and room & board fees imposed in FY2021.

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, 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.


Wayne Byun

From: Department of Youth Services

Dear Mr. Byun,
Attached please find a letter in response to your recent public records request. Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email if you have questions.
Best regards,

Kristina D'Ambra, Paralegal
Department of Youth Services
600 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Cell: (857)292-4355
Office: (617)960-3287

Warning: This message is intended for the person(s) listed above. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, disclosure, copying forwarding or dissemination of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error please notify the MA Department of Youth Services immediately.