State/local policies re: hostages within correctional facilities (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of North Carolina.
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

All policies, procedures, memorandums of agreements, other memos, directives, communications, occurrence reports, and any other relevant materials regarding the reporting, negotiations, control, aftermath, and general treatment of hostages taken or individuals restrained in a hostage-like manner by individuals detained or under the supervision of facilities maintained under the jurisdiction of this agency, including juvenile, local, and private facilities, if applicable. If additional policies are maintained by other agencies, direction indicating such would be greatly appreciated.

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 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Rice, Ashley

Mr. Lipton,

Thank you for contacting the NC Department of Public Safety.

After reviewing your request for documents and materials regarding hostages and individuals restrained in a hostage-like manner, we have determined that there are no public documents or materials responsive to your request.

If you should have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 919-733-5027.

Regards,

Claire Rice
Communications Public Records Assistant
NC Department of Public Safety
Prevent ~ Protect ~ Prepare

Mail Service Center 4202
Raleigh, NC 27699-4202
Phone (919) 825-2774
Fax (919) 733-0296
ashley.rice@ncdps.gov<mailto:ashley.rice@ncdps.gov>
www.ncdps.gov<http://www.ncdps.gov/>

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Email correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an authorized state official.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Rice,

Thank you for your letter. As a point of information, are there responsive materials that aren't being released? If so, could I please be made aware of which policies these are?

Thanks again,
Beryl

From: Rice, Ashley

Mr. Lipton,

The material you requested is located in the Division of Prisons Security Manual which is considered confidential under N.C.G.S. § 132-1.7.

Sensitive public security information.

(a) Public records, as defined in G.S. 132-1, shall not include information containing specific details of public security plans and arrangements or the detailed plans and drawings of public buildings and infrastructure facilities.

(b) Public records as defined in G.S. 132-1 do not include plans to prevent or respond to terrorist activity, to the extent such records set forth vulnerability and risk assessments, potential targets, specific tactics, or specific security or emergency procedures, the disclosure of which would jeopardize the safety of governmental personnel or the general public or the security of any governmental facility, building, structure, or information storage system.

(c) Information relating to the general adoption of public security plans and arrangements, and budgetary information concerning the authorization or expenditure of public funds to implement public security plans and arrangements, or for the construction, renovation, or repair of public buildings and infrastructure facilities shall be public records. (2001-516, s. 3; 2003-180, s. 1.)
Regards,

Claire Rice
Communications Public Records Assistant
NC Department of Public Safety
Prevent ~ Protect ~ Prepare

Mail Service Center 4202
Raleigh, NC 27699-4202
Phone (919) 825-2774
Fax (919) 733-0296
ashley.rice@ncdps.gov<mailto:ashley.rice@ncdps.gov>
www.ncdps.gov<http://www.ncdps.gov/>

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