Procedures re: reporting inmate injury/death at public and privately-run correctional facilities (TX Department of Public Safety)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Office of Attorney General of Texas.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

All procedures and associated forms (blank) relevant to the reporting of inmate injuries and death at both public and privately-run correctional facilities, should differences apply.

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: OGC Webmaster

Please see attached.

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Cost,

Thank you very much for this letter. I must admit, however, that I find it a bit confusing. Can you confirm that there are no procedures or protocols by which any of the prisons and jails in Texas must report occasions of inmate death in the facilities to the Department of Public Safety.

Thank you very much for all of your help with all of my requests.

Best,
Beryl

From: OGC Webmaster

The Department of Public Safety does not have records responsive to your request. You may wish to contact the Texas Attorney General's Office for the information you are seeking regarding custodial deaths.

Molly Cost
Assistant General Counsel
Texas Department of Public Safety
Office of General Counsel
(512) 424-2890 phone
(512) 424-5716 fax
OGC.Webmaster@dps.texas.gov

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Cost,

Thank you very much for your reply. I'll follow up with the Attorney General's Office.

Best,
Beryl

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

This public records request is being forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: publicrecords

March 24, 2015

Dear Mr. Lipton:

There has been a delay in processing your request. However, the Office of the Attorney General has located responsive records and is in the process of compiling and reproducing those records. Please accept our sincere apologies for this delay. We should have the records to you shortly.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
General Counsel Division

From: publicrecords

March 24, 2015

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com
VIA E-MAIL ONLY

RE: Public Information Request No. 15-41105

Dear Mr. Lipton:

This e-mail is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), received by the OAG on March 4, 2015. A copy of your request follows this e-mail.

The OAG has reviewed its files and has located the attached documents that are responsive to your request. Although the Public Information Act allows a governmental body to charge for copying documents, the attached documents are being provided to you at no charge.

In addition, there are various Attorney General opinions and Open Records Decisions, both formal and informal, to which a governmental body may refer when completing a custodial death reports. Those decisions can be accessed from the OAG’s website: www.texasattorneygeneral.gov<http://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/>. Please be advised the OAG tracks deaths, not injuries. Also, the entities that submit the reports are primarily public, not privately-run institutions.

If you have any questions, please contact me at publicrecords@texasattorneygeneral.gov.<mailto:publicrecords@texasattorneygeneral.gov.>

Sincerely,

Kyle Gavit
Public Information Coordinator’s Office
General Counsel Division

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Gavit,

Thank you very much for your response to this request! I really appreciate it.

Have a lovely evening,
Beryl

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