FamilySearch Indexing (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Burkely Hermann filed this request with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction of Ohio.
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PRR-19-173

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From: Burkely Hermann


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Policies, procedures and/or documents pertaining to indexing for FamilySearch, otherwise known as Intellectual Reserve, Inc., a genealogical non-profit operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), by inmates within facilities run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. This includes any documents regarding Family History Centers operated within such facilities, and any documents referencing LDS Correctional Services, a division of LDS.

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 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Burkely Hermann

From: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Mr. Hermann -

On behalf of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), I write to confirm that DRC has received your public records request below.

Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate staff at DRC for processing. You will receive a separate response letter, along with copies of any responsive records, within a reasonable amount of time. Please note that a reasonable response time, as required by the Ohio Public Records Law (Ohio Revised Code 149.43), considers several factors including the volume of records requested, the storage location of the records, and any needed legal review and redaction.

Thank you for contacting DRC. If you have questions or concerns about your public records request, please feel free to contact me.

Sarah E. Pierce
Staff Counsel, Public Information
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Division of Legal Services
4545 Fisher Road, Suite D
Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 752-1765
Sarah.Pierce@odrc.state.oh.us<mailto:Sarah.Pierce@odrc.state.oh.us>

From: Burkely Hermann

Ms. Pierce,
Thank you for your response. I look forward to your response as I have heard that FamilySearch may be expanding its operations to Ohio back in 2015, but have heard nothing since then. I look forward to any possible records and a response from you within a reasonable period of time.

Best regards,
Burkely Hermann

From: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Mr. Hermann -

I write in response to your public records request below.

DRC did not locate any policies or procedures that are responsive to your request. DRC policies related to religious services are available online at https://drc.ohio.gov/policies/religious-services.

I hope this information assists, but please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Best,

Sarah

Sarah E. Pierce
Staff Counsel, Public Information
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
614-752-1765

From: Burkely Hermann

Ms. Pierce,
Thanks for your response. I knew it was a longshot that there would be a contract with Ohio, but I thought I'd check. Shane Bauer wrote in August 2015 that LDS "is currently exploring expanding the program to prisons in California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington" (https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/mormon-church-prison-geneology-family-search/) so I thought I'd follow-up on that. This information definitely is helpful, as it helps me narrow down my search.

Best regards,
Burkely Hermann

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