State-level solitary confinement policies/procedures and reporting requirements (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Rhode Island.
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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 policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, and those of various security level) related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons. Please include policies/procedures/reporting requirements for all such segregation activities, including, but not limited to, those associated with the following terms:

• solitary
• solitary confinement
• Security Housing Units
• Special Housing Units
• Intensive Management Units
• Restricted Housing Units
• Communication Management Units
• disciplinary segregation
• administrative segregation
• involuntary protective custody

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Lamkins, Susan (DOC)

I will be out of the office for the rest of the day. If you need immediate assistance please call 401-462-2611. Media inquiries please call 401-639-0940.

From: Kelly, Kathleen (DOC)

Response: April 13, 2015

Via Email to:

Beryl Lipton

MuckRock.com
E-mail: requests@muckrock.com

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 17289
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Ms. Lipton:

I am responding to your Access to Public Records Request, which I received via email on April 9, 2015 (See below). In your letter you ask for “all policies/procedures and reporting requirements for facilities under this agency’s jurisdiction related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons.” You further state in your email that you are seeking records of all such segregation activities, including those associated with solitary, solitary confinement, Security Housing Units, Special Housing Units, Intensive Management Units, Restricted Housing Units, Communication Management Units, disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, involuntary protective custody.

Attached are the policies and procedures in the possession of the Department of Corrections that relate to your request. I have attached policy #11.01-6, Code of Inmate Discipline; policy #12.01-2, Protective Custody for Inmates; policy #12.02-1, Administrative Confinement – Awaiting Trial; policy #15.11-3, “C” Category Inmates; policy #12.26-4, Special Management of Juvenile Offenders; policy 315.01-6, Classification Process; and, policy #18.43-2, Health Evaluation of Inmates in Administrative or Disciplinary Confinement. You will find reporting forms at the end of each policy. I am able to send these records to you electronically, therefore no fees are due for these documents. Upon receipt, please verify that you have received these records.

In accordance with Rhode Island General Laws §38-2-8, if you are dissatisfied with this response you may wish to file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903, or the Rhode Island Superior Court of Providence County. Additional information concerning the Access to Public Records Act is available through the Attorney General’s website at www.riag.ri.gov.

Sincerely,

Kathy Kelly

Kathleen Kelly

Chief Legal Counsel

Rhode Island Department of Corrections

40 Howard Ave., Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401)462-2546 Fax: (401)462-2583

kathleen.kelly@doc.ri.gov

From: Kelly, Kathleen (DOC)

Dear Ms. Lipton:

The email address you have for the Department’s external legal email is incorrect. The correct email address is doc.legal@doc.ri.gov which is listed on this department’s public website. Please correct your records to reflect this email address to ensure timely receipt and response to your requests. As always, you can send any request’s to my or Susan Lamkins direct email address, as you did in this case.

Thank you,

Kathy Kelly

Kathleen Kelly

Chief Legal Counsel

Rhode Island Department of Corrections

40 Howard Ave., Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401)462-2546 Fax: (401)462-2583

kathleen.kelly@doc.ri.gov

From: Beryl Lipton

Ms. Kelly,

I apologize for not having thanked you sooner for your response to this request. It's very appreciated.

Have a lovely day,
Beryl

From: Kelly, Kathleen (DOC)

I will be out of the office beginning Tuesday 7/7/15 to Monday 7/20/15. If you need assstiance during my absence, please call 401-462-2622 and follow the instructions to reach Roy Fowler, Micheal Grant or Leann Anderson. Thank you.

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