|Submitted||Sept. 2, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All materials, evaluations, reports, investigatory materials, spreadsheets, notes, and related materials regarding the 2001 U.S. Department of Justice Monograph, "Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons." [For reference: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/bja/181249.pdf]
This request is being made as part of an ongoing investigation. 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 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 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Beryl C.D. Lipton
Your request has been received in the Office of Justice Programs for processing pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
Mr. Beryl Lipton
DEPT MR 19395
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
Re: OJP FOIA No. 15-00383
Dear Mr. Lipton:
This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request dated September 2, 2015 and received in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the General Counsel, on September 3, 2015, in which you requested “all materials, evaluations, reports, investigatory materials, spreadsheets, notes, and related materials regarding the 2001 U.S. Department of Justice Monograph, ‘Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons.’”
The records you seek require a search in another Office, and so your request falls within "unusual circumstances." See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). Because of these unusual circumstances, we are extending the time limit to respond to your request beyond the ten additional days provided by the statute. We have not yet completed a search to determine whether there are records within the scope of your request. The time needed to process your request will necessarily depend on the complexity of our records search and on the volume and complexity of any records located. For your information, this Office assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited. Each request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately one month, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned to the complex track. You may wish to narrow the scope of your request to limit the number of potentially responsive records or agree to an alternative time frame for processing, should records be located; or you may wish to await the completion of our records search to discuss either of these options.
We have not yet made a decision on your request for a fee waiver. We will do so after we determine whether the processing of your request will result in any assessable fees. As a "representative of the news media," you will not be charged search fees.
I regret the necessity of this delay, but I assure you that your request will be processed as soon as possible. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact me by telephone at (202) 307-6235, via e-mail at Delores.Johnson@usdoj.gov<mailto:Delores.Johnson@usdoj.gov>, or you may write to me at OJP, 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20531. Lastly, you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at the above telephone number to discuss any aspect of your request.
Dorothy A. Lee
Government Information Specialist
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-00383.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Attached is a response to your FOIA request to this office.
Delores Johnson, Contractor
Office of the General Counsel
Office of Justice Programs
Department of Justice