Reports of injury or incident

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Correction of Massachusetts.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

All injury/incident reports for MCI Cedar Junction since Nov. 1, 2013.

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 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Savelli, Cara (DOC)

Hello Mr. Feathers,

I have received your information request attached. I need further clarification in order to proceed. Are you looking for every incident report and injury reported at Cedar Junction to include all inmates and staff alike? Are you looking for redacted copies of these files, or data provided in the aggregate?

(Please note that if it is actual reports you seek, they would have to be "hand-pulled" and redacted. The likely format they would be furnished in is PDF format.)

Please advise.


Cara Savelli
Acting Director of Public Affairs
Office of Outreach and Engagement
MA Dept. of Correction
508-422-3317

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From: Todd Feathers

Ms. Savelli,

Yes, I am looking for the redacted copies of all injury and violent incident reports since Nov. 1, 2013. If it's easy for you, it might be helpful if you could tell me how many reports that would be. I don't want to stick you guys with a ridiculous amount of redaction work, so if there are hundreds of these reports I would probably narrow my request to a smaller time frame.

Thanks for your help,
Todd Feathers
608-698-5806

From: Savelli, Cara (DOC)

Mr. Feathers,

I have called and left more than one message on your machine to call me
about this request, and have yet to hear back. When are you available to
clarify this request a bit?

A permanent MA DOC Director of Public Affairs has been named. He has
been cc'd on this email for your convenience. He will be taking over
this request from here on out.

Please advise on your availability.



Cara Savelli
Program Coordinator
Office of Outreach and Engagement
MA Dept. of Correction
508-422-3371

>>> Todd Feathers <requests@muckrock.com> 2/7/2014 1:37
PM >>>

February 7, 2014
Department of Correction
Central Records Unit
MCI-Concord-B Building
P.O. Box 9106
Concord, MA 01742

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Ms. Savelli,

Yes, I am looking for the redacted copies of all injury and violent
incident reports since Nov. 1, 2013. If it's easy for you, it might be
helpful if you could tell me how many reports that would be. I don't
want to stick you guys with a ridiculous amount of redaction work, so if
there are hundreds of these reports I would probably narrow my request
to a smaller time frame.

Thanks for your help,
Todd Feathers
608-698-5806

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On Feb. 7, 2014:

Hello Mr. Feathers,

I have received your information request attached. I need further
clarification in order to proceed. Are you looking for every incident
report and injury reported at Cedar Junction to include all inmates and
staff alike? Are you looking for redacted copies of these files, or data
provided in the aggregate?

(Please note that if it is actual reports you seek, they would have to
be "hand-pulled" and redacted. The likely format they would be furnished
in is PDF format.)

Please advise.

Cara Savelli
Acting Director of Public Affairs
Office of Outreach and Engagement
MA Dept. of Correction
508-422-3317

**NOTICE:**

This email transmission (including any attachments) is intended only
for the use of the person to whom it is addressed. It may contain
information that is confidential, privileged or otherwise exempt from
disclosure under law. If you are not the named addressee or the person
authorized to deliver this email transmission (including any
attachments) to the named addressee, you are hereby notified that any
dissemination, copying or disclosure of this email transmission and any
attachments, or the taking of any action based upon them, is strictly
prohibited. If you have received this email transmission and any
attachments in error, please notify the Public Safety Data Center at
617-660-4620 of the error and destroy the e-mail(s) immediately.

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On Jan. 31, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I
hereby request the following records:

All injury/incident reports for MCI Cedar Junction since Nov. 1, 2013.

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 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 10
business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

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

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 10359
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly
addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News)
requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

**NOTICE:**

This email transmission (including any attachments) is intended only for
the use of the person to whom it is addressed. It may contain
information that is confidential, privileged or otherwise exempt from
disclosure under law. If you are not the named addressee or the person
authorized to deliver this email transmission (including any
attachments) to the named addressee, you are hereby notified that any
dissemination, copying or disclosure of this email transmission and any
attachments, or the taking of any action based upon them, is strictly
prohibited. If you have received this email transmission and any
attachments in error, please notify the Public Safety Data Center at
617-660-4620 of the error and destroy the e-mail(s) immediately.

From: Duarte, Darren (DOC)

Dear Mr. Feathers, your initial request with us was for the Department
of Correction in Massachusetts to provide you with all injury /incident
reports from MCI Cedar Junction for a period of time. Subsequently, you
requested information on the number of assaults and how we defined or
categorized them before you formally asked for redacted copies of all
the injury/incident reports at MCI Cedar Junction.

Please find below, information on assaults at MCI Cedar Junction for
the period you requested. You can let us know what further detailed
information, if any, you may want after reviewing the information
below.

MCI CEDAR JUNCTION ASSAULTS
From November 1, 2013 through February 2014, there were a total of 21
assaults at MCI Cedar Junction.

DOC categorizes assaults as follows: assaults with serious injury,
assaults without serious injury and assaults by throwing substances.
Serious injury requires urgent and immediate medical treatment and
restricts the victim’s usual activity. Medical treatment is more than
mere first aid - e.g., broken bones, stitches, etc.
Assaults by throwing substances include assaults by throwing or
spitting liquid, blood, waste, chemicals, urine, etc. that involved
non-serious injury or no injury. Here is the info requested:

November 2013:

One inmate on staff assault without serious injury

December 2013:

One inmate on inmate assault by throwing substances Seven inmate on
staff assaults without serious injury Three inmate on staff assaults by
throwing substances

January 2014:

Three inmate on staff assaults without serious injury One inmate on
staff assault by throwing substances

February 2014:

Three inmate on staff assaults without serious injury Two inmate on
staff assaults by throwing substances



Darren Duarte
Director of Public Affairs
Massachusetts Dept. of Correction
Office #: 508-422-3317
Email: DDuarte@doc.state.ma.us

**NOTICE:**

This email transmission (including any attachments) is intended only for
the use of the person to whom it is addressed. It may contain
information that is confidential, privileged or otherwise exempt from
disclosure under law. If you are not the named addressee or the person
authorized to deliver this email transmission (including any
attachments) to the named addressee, you are hereby notified that any
dissemination, copying or disclosure of this email transmission and any
attachments, or the taking of any action based upon them, is strictly
prohibited. If you have received this email transmission and any
attachments in error, please notify the Public Safety Data Center at
617-660-4620 of the error and destroy the e-mail(s) immediately.

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