Procedures re: reporting inmate injury/death at public and privately-run correctional facilities (Montana Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Montana.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana's Constitution, Article II, ยง 9, I hereby request the following records:

All procedures and associated forms (blank) relevant to the reporting of inmate injuries and death at both public and privately-run correctional facilities, should differences apply.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Beck, Judy

Ms. Lipton:
The information you requested is freely available to the public on our website: See 1.1.6A Incident Reporting<>.

Should you want copies of our policies and procedures in the future, please take a few minutes to check our website before sending a formal FOI request.

Judy Beck
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Corrections
(406) 444-0409

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Beck,

Thank you very much for your message and guidance. I understand the confusion that must come in receiving a request for materials available online, though I find that states sometimes have multiple policies in disparate places, and I worry that an online search won't return the collection of documents that a representative of the department would know to be responsive and thorough. Thank you very much for your help, and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,