Procedures and policies related to the handling of inmate grievances (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Rhode Island.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:

All procedures and policies related to the handling of inmate grievances.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Lamkins, Susan (DOC)

I will be out of the office Friday, 9/12/14 not returning until Monday, 9/22/14. I will be checking my e-mails; however, if you need immediate assistance please call 401-462-2611.

From: Fowler, Roy (DOC)

Dear Beryl Lipton:

This email is in response to your September 19, 2014 request.

You requested a copy of "procedures and policies related to the handling
of inmate grievances."

In response, for your convenience I have attached a copy of the R.I.
Dept. of Corrections policy " Inmate Grievance Procedure". For future
reference please note that all publicly available policies are
accessible through the DOC website at without requiring a
public records request.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 38-2-7 and 32-2-8, if you are
dissatisfied with this response you may file an appeal with the R.I.
Dept. of Attorney General, 150 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903, or
the Rhode Island Superior Court. Also, if you have any questions feel
free to contact me at the number listed below.


Roy Fowler

Senior Legal Counsel

R.I. Department of Corrections

40 Howard Ave.

Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 462-2911

FAX 462-2583

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Fowler,

Thank you so much for your help with this!!

Have a lovely afternoon,

From: Fowler, Roy (DOC)

My pleasure. RF