Department of Corrections lawsuits/settlements (ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of North Dakota.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Dakota Constitution, Article XI, Section 6, and the North Dakota Open Records Statute, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-18(1), I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all reports, lists, or databases detailing the lawsuits, grievances, or other mediated conflicts in which this agency was listed as a party. This should include all such lawsuits and otherwise in which this agency was listed either as a plaintiff or a defendant in all instances through the end of 2015. This should also include all such lawsuits, settlements, and otherwise in which was named a party any representative of this agency, any individual acting in some capacity on behalf of this agency, or any company, corporation, or contractor providing services on behalf of this agency. Please include all available segregable data, including but not limited to the parties involved, the nature of the complaint, the date on which proceedings began, the date on which the resolution was reached, the nature of the resolution, the amount used to settle the conflict, any records related to associated legal fees incurred as part of the conflict, etc. This should include requests for funds used to cover settlement agreements, court costs, or other expenses related to lawsuits.

Further clarification can be provided upon request.

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


Beryl Lipton

From: Linster, Michelle L.

Good Morning,

I received your open records request today and have a question with the dates you are requesting.

1. What is the start date of the litigation you are requesting?

I am unable to calculate the fees on the time it will take staff to find and produce these records without a start date.

With the request regarding the grievances: N.D.C.C. § 12-47-36(1) The case history records of the DOCR or its divisions or departments relating to persons in the custody or under the supervision and management of the division of adult services of the DOCR are exempt records as defined in section 44-04-17.1.

Thank you,

Michelle L. Linster | Administrative Assistant III / Public Information Officer
P.O. Box 1898, 3100 Railroad Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58502-1898
p: (701) 328-6362 | f: (701) 328-6651
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DOCR MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is to enhance public safety, reduce the risk of future criminal behavior by holding adult and juvenile offenders accountable, and to provide opportunities for change.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Linster,

Thanks so much for your message. I'd be interested in any matters commenced from January 1, 2000 onward; please let me know if further limitation is necessary.


From: Linster, Michelle L.

Good Afternoon,

After researching this further the DOCR does not have any databases or lists dealing with litigation. The only item we have at the DOCR is monthly status reports and I have attached all the reports that staff had in their possession.

Thank you,


From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Linster,

Thanks so much for these. I really appreciate it.

I hope you have a lovely evening!