DOJ: Recidivism Rates for Public & Private Prisons

Anthony Roberts filed this request with the Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit of the United States of America.
Due Oct. 26, 2017
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: anthony roberts

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I am seeking documents that indicate or discuss the recidivism rates and statistics of both private prisons as well as public prisons, alone or in combination, produced by (or at the request of) the Department of Justice, from 2011-2016. In addition I am seeking all memorandums, analysis, studies, and reports that have been produced by the Department of Justice that discuss or address any disparity or difference in documented recidivism rates between private versus public prisons

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

anthony roberts

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA092717-2.

From: Hawkins, Lynette (OJP)

Dear Mr. Roberts:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act request that you sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ Justice Management Division/Logistics Management Services, Mail Referral Unit (MRU), forwarded your request, dated September 27, 2017, to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the General Counsel, which was received in this office on September 28, 2017. A copy of your request is attached for your convenience.

The records you seek require a search in another OJP office and so your request falls within "unusual circumstances." See 5 U.S.C. ยง 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.

Your request is assigned to Lisa Gomes, FOIA Contract Paralegal, for processing. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact Ms. Gomes by telephone at (202) 307-6235, via e-mail at Lisa.Gomes@usdoj.gov<mailto:Lisa.Gomes@usdoj.gov> , or you may write to this office at OJP, 810 7th Street, N.W., Room 5400, Washington, D.C. 20531. Please include the above-referenced OJP FOIA number. Lastly, you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at the above telephone number to discuss any aspect of your request.

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