COVID-19 @ Corrections, BoP(s), Correctional Facilities/Institutions (Department of Corrections)

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of South Carolina.
Tracking #

FOIA-0155-20

Multi Request COVID-19 @ Corrections, BoP(s), Correctional Facilities/Institutions
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Completed

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Records describing the co-pay for each medical service at each applicable facilities

Records describing the number of inmates reported to infirmary between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of inmates reported respiratory/breathing issues, flu-like or pneumonia-like symptoms between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of inmates were referred to higher level of care, how many were sent to outside facilities, how many outside medical personnel visited each prison/facility between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number COVID-19 tests each prison has performed, how many ordered, process for testing between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of units of soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene and sanitary, sanitizing or cleaning products distributed from September until now, how many sold from commissary, how many distributed normally, how many were requested by prisoners between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of units of clothing sold in commissary, sanitary pads, coffee filters between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing transfers in and out of each prison between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing statistics on BOP prisoners in overflow or other non-BOP facilities i.e. county, city, state jails, as well as those listed "not in BOP custody" between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing monthly prison populations between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the number of prisoners released each month between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Emails and memos from senior management/leadership on compassionate release due to COVID-19 between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Compassionate release guidance both general and specific to COVID-19, released or in effect between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

Records describing the ordered quantities of the medications 4E2RCat, ABBV-744, Camostat, Captopril, CB5083, Chloramphenicol, Chloroquine, Compound 10, Compound 2, CPI-0610, Dabrafenib, DBeQ, dBET6, IHVR-19029, Linezolid, Lisinopril, Minoxidil, ML240, MZ1, Nafamostat, Pevonedistat, PS3061, Rapamycin (Sirolimus), Sanglifehrin A, Sapanisertib (INK128/MlN128), FK-506 (Tacrolimus), Ternatin 4 (DA3), Tigecycline, Tomivosertib (eFT-508), Verdinexor, WDB002, Zotatifin (eFT226), Loratadine, Daunorubicin, Midostaurin, Ponatinib, Silmitasertib , Valproic Acid, Haloperidol, Metformin, Migalastat, S-verapamil, Indomethacin, Ruxolitinib, Mycophenolic acid, Entacapone, Ribavirin, E-52862, Merimepodib, RVX-208, XL413, AC-55541, Apicidin, AZ3451, AZ8838, Bafilomycin A1, CCT 365623, GB110, H-89, JQ1, PB28, PD-144418, RS-PPCC, TMCB, UCPH-101, ZINC1775962367, ZINC4326719, ZINC4511851, ZINC95559591, favipiravir, hydroxychloroquine, zinc, azithromycin, between September 2019 and the date of the processing of this request

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Department of Corrections

Ms. Best,

The South Carolina Department of Corrections has records which are responsive to your FOIA-0155-20 Request. However, you have requested a huge volume of records which are stored in many different types of records, in different offices, organized in different ways. Gathering all of this information would be incredibly time consuming and difficult. As such, we believe this request is “unduly burdensome, overly broad, vague, repetitive, or otherwise improper” as contemplated by SC Code § 30-4-110.

It appears that you are primarily interested in SCDC’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic and other related information. There is a wealth of information regarding this on our website. SCDC’s Agency Response Plan and other information specific to the epidemic can be found on our homepage: http://www.doc.sc.gov/. You can also review all non-restricted SCDC policies on our website. To navigate to these policies from our homepage choose “General Counsel” from the blue right-hand menu. Once on the General Counsel page, choose “SCDC Policies” from the blue right-hand menu.

If you would like to modify and resubmit your request we would be happy to process it as a new FOIA request. SCDC considers this FOIA-0155-20 to be closed. We believe that reviewing the information on our website will help to answer many of your questions and will assist you in narrowing any future request you choose to submit.

Sincerely,

SCDC FOIA Office​

Post Office Box 21787​

Columbia, SC 29221-1787​

FOIA@doc.sc.gov<mailto:FOIA@doc.sc.gov>

From: Emma Best

The website does not have numerous records I requested. Please process the request.

From: Department of Corrections

Ms. Best,

The attorney in our office who handles FOIA requests is preparing an item by item response regarding the availability of your request. We anticipate having it to you by close of business this Friday, May 8, 2020.

Sincerely,

SCDC FOIA Office​

Post Office Box 21787​

Columbia, SC 29221-1787​

FOIA@doc.sc.gov<mailto:FOIA@doc.sc.gov>

From: Department of Corrections

Ms. Best,

In response to your below request, I have prepared the attached “Detailed Availability Information for FOIA-0155-20” which addresses the availability of each of the 14 items in your request individually. The original language of your request is in black text while the Agency response is in blue text. I have also attached all available responsive records (“FOIA-0155-20 All responsive Available Records”). These records may be redacted pursuant to any applicable exemptions. SC Code § 30-4-30(c). The exemptions pursuant to which the attached records were redacted are listed below.

S.C. Code § 30-4-40(a)(4) A public body may exempt from disclosure information if release of that information would constitute an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy.
S.C. Code § 30-4-40(a)(7) A public body may exempt from disclosure attorney correspondence, attorney work product, and any other materials the disclosure of which would violate attorney-client relationship(s).

All available responsive records have now been provided to you. As such, SCDC considers FOIA request FOIA-0155-20 to be closed.

Annie Laurie Rumler
Deputy General Counsel
South Carolina Department of Corrections
Office of General Counsel
Post Office Box 21787
Columbia, South Carolina 29221-1787
(803) 896-1355 (Office)
(803) 896-1766 (Fax)

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