|Submitted||Oct. 27, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records 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. We are requesting cases dating from 1900 to the present.
This request is for basic information on cases as classified above. Such information may include but is not limited to victim name, location and date of disappearance/death, age of victim, status of case (solved or unsolved).
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 7 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms. Lucchesi,
The Department's response to your OPRA request is attached.
NJDOC Records Custodian
I would like to appeal this decision, and ask if there is any rephrasing of the request that would assist in filling it. These records are for a comprehensive database of cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States, and will be used to inform policy decisions, community responses, and anti-violence initiatives.
Dear Ms. Luccehsi,
This is the Department of Corrections. It seems you request is geared toward a police or other investigatory agency. This is also an extensive research project. In any event you have a right to challenge the decision by the Department of Corrections. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint in writing with the Government Records Council (GRC). You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ 08625, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>, or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc<http://www.state.nj.us/grc>. The Council can also answer other questions about the law.
NJDOC Records Custodian