North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation emails re: protests, September 7-18 2016

Christopher Schiano filed this request with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of North Dakota.


From: Christopher Thomas

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:

Any email sent or received by any member of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation between the dates of September 7, 2016 and September 18, 2016 which contains the words "protest" "protests" "protester" or "protesters."

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.


Christopher Thomas
Investigative Journalist, Unicorn Riot - an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit

From: Linster, Michelle L.

Good Morning!

I received your open records request and after reviewing the request, it is estimated to be a minimum of two hours. The cost for the records would be $25, as the first hour is free under N.D.C.C. 44-04-18.

Please let me know if you would like to continue with this request so that you can send the payment before we start the process of locating and reviewing these records.

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 individuals accountable, and to provide opportunities for change.


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $25.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

A check will be placed in the mail today.

Thanks so much,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Linster, Michelle L.

Good Morning,

I received the $25 check. I have begun to work on your request but it will take longer than I originally anticipated. If it gets close to the 10 day time limit, before I am done reviewing all the emails I will let you know.

Thank you,


From: Christopher Thomas


I appreciate you updating me on the status of my request. I'll check back if I don't hear from you in 11 days. Thanks again!

Christopher Thomas
Unicorn Riot

From: Linster, Michelle L.

Good Morning Christopher!

I wanted to let you know the status of the request since it took longer than the anticipated three hours. I should be done by Thursday with the redacting.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,


From: Linster, Michelle L.


Attached are the records you requested.

To the extent [the requested][other records] may exist, the records are/would be confidential or exempt in entirety, under N.D.C.C §§ 44-04-18.3, 44-04-18.7, 44-04-24, 44-04-25.

Also removed were a section of personal emails that do not relate to a public entity.

Thank you,