COVID vaccines (Department of Corrections)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Missouri.
Multi Request COVID vaccines
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Missouri Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

* Files, including letters, memos and emails, describing or discussing policies, guidance and procedures for providing COVID-19 vaccines to prisoners/inmates and/or staff.

* Files mentioning or describing the number of vaccines given to prisoners/inmates and/or staff.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Department of Corrections

We have received your request for documents dated January 25, 2021. Your request is being processed under the Missouri Sunshine Law.
In our effort to respond as quickly as possible to requests for documents, we have specifically designated many documents that are considered open records under the Sunshine Law and can be released immediately. If the documents you have requested are on that list, you should receive the information very quickly. If the records you request have not been previously designated for immediate release, your request will be reviewed to see if the records are open or closed. After this review, either the records will be provided to you, or we will advise you that they are closed and cite the specific provisions of the law under which access is denied.
Due to the size of our agency and the volume of records we maintain, locating, reviewing, and copying the records could take up to thirty working days. Should we find that we will not be able to get the records to you within thirty working days, we will contact you again to tell you the reason for the delay.
The Sunshine Law allows the department to require payment for the costs associated with reviewing and copying the requested records. You will be notified of the estimated charges prior to the expense being incurred.
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Record Custodian
Office of the Director
MO Department of Corrections.

From: Department of Corrections

I am writing in response to your January 25, 2021 request for records regarding a COVID vaccine. Based on our search, we have identified 309,111 number of documents that may be responsive. Due to the content of these documents, the department will need to review these records which are open records that can be produced. Based on our experience, a review takes approximately on average one minute per record. Based on the total number of documents identified, this will require 5,151.85 (hours) to complete this review. At $14.33 per hour, this will total $73,826.01. The Department requires prepayment of a money order or check made out to the Department of Corrections. If you would like us to move forward, please let us know.

Record Custodian
Office of the Director
MO Department of Corrections


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