Sexual Assault Evidence Collection (Michigan State Police)

Ginette Walls filed this request with the Michigan State Police of Michigan.
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CR-20032999

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From: Ginette Walls

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, memorandums, directives, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), including, but not limited, to the following:

- Policies and procedures related to the initial collection of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding the timeframe of the collection and testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits including the timeframe required for sexual assault evidence collection kits testing by the examiner (also known as “sexual assault examiners”, “sexual assault nurse examiners”, or “sexual assault forensic examiners”).
- All mechanisms by which sexual assault evidence collection kits are or can be tested including all designated facilities where sexual assault evidence collection kits can be performed.
- Policies and procedures regarding the maintenance and transfer of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures concerning a petition to test a sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures related to the process of checking the status of a sexual assault evidence collection kits and the notification provided to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding reports generated of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements regarding both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, and audits of the numbers of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Policies and procedures regarding the statute of limitations for maintenance and or storage of sexual assault evidence collection kits, both tested and untested.

Please include all available segregable data.

Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), including, but not limited, to those materials related to the following specific elements of the sexual assault evidence collection process:

- The collection of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Timeframes of collection and testing of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Maintenance and transfer of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
- Petitions to test sexual assault evidence collection kits. (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of petitions to test sexual assault evidence collection kits.)
- Requests to check the status of sexual assault evidence collection kits. (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of requests to check sexual assault evidence collection kits status(es).)
- Notification given to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits (Please note this is not a request for identifying or confidential information of survivors or their cases or sexual assault evidence collection kits. This is a request for the numbers of notifications given to survivors regarding their sexual assault evidence collection kits status.)
- Reports and audits generated of both tested and untested sexual assault evidence collection kits, issued by mandatory or voluntary reporting requirements

Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to the collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits (also known as “sexual assault kit”, “sexual offense evidence collection kit”, “sexual assault forensic evidence kit”, “physical evidence recovery kit”, “rape test kit”, or “rape kit”), or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.

Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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,

Ginette Walls

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police Freedom of Information Unit has received your email.

If this is a new Freedom of Information Act request, please be sure that a mailing address is provided.

A response will be sent to you pursuant to the timelines required under the Freedom of Information Act.

If you have questions, please visit our website, call (517) 241-1934 or respond to this email.

Thank you.

From: Michigan State Police

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police Freedom of Information Unit has received your email.

If this is a new Freedom of Information Act request, please be sure that a mailing address is provided.

A response will be sent to you pursuant to the timelines required under the Freedom of Information Act.

If you have questions, please visit our website, call (517) 241-1934 or respond to this email.

Thank you.

From: MSP-FOI

This request has not yet been completed. We will have something final mailed out to you on or before January 18th.

CR-20032999

From: Michigan State Police

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: Goodwin, Bethany (MSP)

The Michigan State Police has received and processed your Freedom of Information request. The total for the documents requested is $15,784.64, as a courtesy I am reaching out to you to see if you would like to amend your request. The narrower your request is the lower the processing fee will be. A billing will go out in the mail for the request as it is today. Please feel free to email me or call me at the number below to discuss all options.

Thank You,

Bethany Goodwin
Assistant FOIA Coordinator
Records Resource Unit
Office of the Director
Michigan State Police
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
TX: 517-284-3131
Fax: 517-241-1935

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From: Ginette Walls

Hello Ms. Goodwin,

Thank you so much for your help with this request thus far. I'm wondering if you could perhaps give us a sense of what sort of materials might be available, so that we might be able to better narrow our inquiry. If this is better done via phone call, we're happy to arrange that as well.

Best wishes,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Michigan State Police

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: Vanessa Nason

Hi!

I was wondering if there is any way to cut back on these fees, as $15,000 is a little steep. Would you be able to talk over the phone about this at all?

Thanks!

-Vanessa

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