midatlantic prison FOIAs

Benny Becker filed this request with the Bureau of Prisons of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2019-02197, DOJ-AP-2019-006581




From: Benny Becker

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The database of all FOIA requests received by the BOP's FOIA Service Center since January 1, 2015, relating to any of the following BOP facilities in Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia:

Alderson FPC
Ashland FCI
Beckley FCI
Big Sandy USP
Cumberland FCI
Gilmer FCI
Hazelton FCC
Lexington FMC
Manchester FCI
McCreary USP
McDowell FCI
Mid-Atlantic RO
Morgantown FCI

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions and redactions by reference to specific exemptions in federal law.

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.


Benny Becker

From: Benny Becker


I just wanted to add that I'd prefer to get the relevant database in its current form, both for the sake of documentation, and hopefully to make this simple for you as possible. If you have any reasonable request for how I'd change the scope of my request to match what you have, please just let me know.
Thanks and all the best,
Benny Becker
Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University
Public Radio Reporter, Ohio Valley ReSource

From: Bureau of Prisons

Request number 2019-02197

From: Bureau of Prisons

Mr. Becker,
A search is being conducted for records responsive to your request. Once records have been located they will need to be processed. Additionally, requests are processed in the order they were received. For these reasons, I am unable to provide you with an estimate of a completion date.

Until then 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".

S. Arellano
Government Information Specialist
Department of Justice
Office of the General Counsel

From: Bureau of Prisons

Please find BOP's final response to FOIA request 2019-02197 attached to this email.
Gene Baime

From: Benny Becker


The materials I received are woefully incomplete and unhelpful.

I'd request that this document be expanded to include

1) the text of the FOIA request, and not just the number assigned

2) the documents returned in response, not just the status.

Thanks and all the best,

From: Bureau of Prisons

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:

* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-006581
* Request Tracking Number: 2019-02197
* Requester Name: Benny Becker
* Date Submitted: 08/15/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description:
BOP appeal

From: Bureau of Prisons

DOJ-AP-2019-006581 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal.
Given the nature of this request, some records are only being released to you as the requester. If you have an account in FOIAonline, you may access those records by [FOIAONLINE_HOME]. Otherwise, those responsive records will be sent via the method agreed upon with the FOIA processor.