MMIW Cases

Annita Lucchesi filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Montana.
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From: Annita Lucchesi


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Data on all cases of deaths in custody involving an Alaska Native/American Indian woman or girl victim within your jurisdiction(s). For the purposes of this request, "Alaska Native/American Indian" is defined as any individual who was identified as a member of an Alaska Native or American Indian community or as having Alaska Native/American Indian heritage. "Woman or girl" includes all victims identified as females, as well as transgender women.

This request is for basic information on cases as classified above. Such information may include but is not limited to inmate name, location and date of death, age of inmate, cause of death.

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 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Annita Lucchesi

From: Department of Corrections

Ms. Lucchesi:

The Montana Dept. of Corrections statistics unit has only three staff. At this time, they are working to meet deadlines for the Department's biennial report to the legislature, as well as mandatory statistical reporting to the legislature on the package of criminal justice reform measures passed by the 2017 Legislative Session. To meet these demands, the statistics unit has had to put other data requests on hold.

However, information on inmate deaths is reported each year to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. You will find data on deaths in Montana prisons on the BJS website: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=19. In particular, see https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/msp0114st.pdf.

Judy Beck
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Corrections

From: Annita Lucchesi

Ms Beck,

Thank you for the clarification, I look forward to receiving the requested records when the statistics unit is able to fill the request. This request is actually pertinent to the interests of the state legislature--it is part of a study on violence against Native women and girls in the state, which is being provided to the State-Tribal Relations Committee in their work drafting legislative interventions to reduce the rates of violent deaths and disappearances of Native women and girls.

Thank you,
Annita

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