Law, Leisure, and Chapel Libraries at ADX

Muira McCammon filed this request with the Bureau of Prisons of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-06341
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Muira McCammon

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

(1) I am seeking records (specifically, an inventory list) of the books available at the Law, Leisure, and Chapel Libraries that provide reading materials to inmates at the ADX Florence, Colorado. The most recent handbook for the facility (https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/flm/FLM_aohandbook.pdf) says that inmates have access to "Leisure and Law Libraries...through the Education Department" (p. 18). The handbook states that "there are a large variety of religious books available for you to check out from the Chapel Library" (p. 18). I also would like access to any policy statements regarding how religious books are to be handled in the Chapel Library.

(2) I am also seeking copies of all reading requests made by Dzokhar Tsarnaev for usage of the Law, Leisure, and/or Chapel Libraries. Based on "INSTITUTION SUPPLEMENT: Legal Activities, Inmate" (https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/flm/FLM_legal_activities.pdf), I have reason to believe that written records should be available re: what books, magazines, or newspapers Mr. Tsarnaev has requested to read during his time in the United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum and Federal Prison Camp, Florence, Colorado.

I am an academic, currently affiliated with the Harvard Law School as well as the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As such, I ask that all fees be waived for this request, given that this request is being made for exclusively educational purposes. I intend to make all requested documents tied to this request available to the general public and also plan to incorporate them into my academic work on military detainee libraries.

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,

Muira McCammon
E-mail (Preferred): muira.n.mccammon@gmail.com
Phone: 646-460-0086
For mailed responses, please address:
Muira McCammon
9 Union Street
Northampton, MA 01060

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From: BOP

You did not include the request number with you email. Your request number can be found on the acknowledgment letter you should have received. Once you locate the request number please feel free to check the status of your request at https://www.bop.gov/foia/index.jsp#tabs-6 by entering the number of your request and clicking the "search button".
Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Section

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

No tracking number nor acknowledgement letter has been provided for this request. Provision of such would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From: BOP

I was able to locate your request. It was forwarded to the North Central Regional Office (NCRO) to be keyed and processed. Please note, your request number is 2016-06341. Please contact NCRO at NCRO/FOIA-@bop.gov or go to our public website for more information.

<requests@muckrock.com> 9/1/2016 1:57 PM

From:

According to our records, the above-referenced request is pending processing. We have examined your request and have determined that the documents responsive to your request must be searched for and collected from a field office. As a result, the amount of time necessary to respond to your request will increase. Once responsive documents have been collected from the field, we will process your request in the order that it was received. The records will be mailed to the address on file. Pursuant to 28 C.F.R. ยง 16.5(b) and (c), you may narrow or modify your request in an effort to reduce the processing time. At this point, we cannot reasonably provide you with a specific time period when your request will be completed.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request or anything discussed in this letter, you may contact the North Central Regional.

From:

The request was approved for release and the records regarding this request have been provided to the requester (on October 21, 2016) via the e-mail address she provided. Thank you.

Files