Transgender Inmate Count and Housing Placement

Kathryn Sosin Oeser filed this request with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision of New York.
Tracking #

DOCCS-19-06-014, A-0683-19

DOCCS-19-06-014

Status
Completed

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From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

A complete and accurate count of all transgender inmates currently in custody in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision as mandated to be recorded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act including:
-the number of transgender women in custody
-the number of transgender women who are housed in men's facilities
-the number of transgender men in custody
-the number of transgender men who are housed in women's facilities

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,

Kathryn Sosin Oeser

From: Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Attached is the Acknowledgement Letter from Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for FOIL - NY_20190604085925245

From: Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Ms. Oeser,

An acknowledgment letter was sent to you on June 4 advising that we would respond within 20 business days, or notify you if we needed additional time. Please see attached. We are now at the 11th business day.

Samantha E. Koolen
Assistant Counsel, Office of Counsel

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
The Harriman State Campus, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12226-2050
(518) 457 - 4940 I samantha.koolen@doccs.ny.gov<mailto:samantha.koolen@doccs.ny.gov>

www.doccs.ny.gov<http://www.doccs.ny.gov/>

From: Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Samantha E. Koolen
Assistant Counsel, Office of Counsel

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
The Harriman State Campus, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12226-2050
(518) 457 - 4940 I samantha.koolen@doccs.ny.gov<mailto:samantha.koolen@doccs.ny.gov>

www.doccs.ny.gov<http://www.doccs.ny.gov/>

From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

There is no reasonable basis for the denial of this data as none of it provides identifying information on inmates. I have requested this information from every state in the country and Washington D.C. on behalf of NBC News. Nearly every state except for New York has provided these numbers. It is in the public interest to provide these numbers, which I will use to provide an accurate count of the number of transgender people incarcerated nationally. I kindly request that you reconsider so that I do not have to take legal action to obtain this information.
Thank you,
Kate Sosin
NBC News

From: Kathryn Sosin Oeser

Hello Samantha,
On Monday, I will be reaching out to NBC's legal team who will pursue this data for our investigation. Please let me know if you want to fulfill this request before then.
Thank you,
Kate Sosin

From: Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Please see the attached response your appeal A-0683-19.

Thank you,

Brianna White
Secretary 1

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Office of Counsel
The Harriman State Campus, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12226
Phone: (518) 457-8054 | Brianna.White@doccs.ny.gov<mailto:Brianna.White@doccs.ny.gov>

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