Solitary confinement policies/procedures and reporting requirements (USMS)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Justice, United States Marshals of the United States of America.

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including, but not limited to, juvenile, privately-operated, immigrant, and those of various security level) related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons. Please include policies/procedures/reporting requirements for all such segregation activities, including, but not limited to, those associated with the following terms:

• solitary
• solitary confinement
• Security Housing Units
• Special Housing Units
• Intensive Management Units
• Restricted Housing Units
• Communication Management Units
• disciplinary segregation
• administrative segregation
• involuntary protective custody

This request is being made as part of a journalistic 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


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.


Your request is being handled by Ms. Chappelle-Brooks. She will provide you with a status.

From: Castaneda, Cynthia (USMS)

The United States Marshals Service is in receipt of your Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request for records maintained by this Bureau. We have commenced a search for documents responsive to your request and will contact you when our processing is complete. Due to a staff shortage, this office is currently experiencing a backlog, and your patience is appreciated.

Although we are unable to determine at this time the amount of fees to be charged to you, if any, the filing of your request constitutes your agreement to pay all applicable fees that may be charged under Department of Justice FOIA/PA regulations in excess of $25.00. You will be notified as soon as practicable if the estimated or actual fee for satisfying your request exceeds $25.00. We will address your request for a fee waiver if and when responsive documents are located.

Should you have any questions, please contact Cynthia A. Castaneda at (703) 740-3935 or the FOIA Service Center at (703) 740-3943.

From: Castaneda, Cynthia (USMS)

As stated to you in my email below. Your request has been received. This office is currently experiencing a backlog. Your request had been assigned to an individual who left the USMS and was just assigned to me. I will make every effort to process your request as efficiently as possible, however I cannot supply a date certain for when you will receive a response regarding your request.

From: Castaneda, Cynthia (USMS)

The United States Marshals Service is responding to your Freedom of Information Act request for records as described above. Pursuant to your request, we conducted a search of the Prisoner Operations Division and located 36 documents responsive to your request. Those 36 pages are being released to you and are attached hereto. However, a certain portion of the documents are being withheld pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (FOIA), Exemption (b)(7)(E). FOIA Exemption (b)(7)(E) protects from disclosure records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes the release of which would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account on the following web site: Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Cynthia Castaneda, or FOIA Officer Ed Bordley at (703) 740-3932 for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at<>; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

From: Castaneda, Cynthia (USMS)

The email sent to you earlier on this date contained a typo. A total of 35, not 36 pages were located and released to you. I apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

From: Beryl Lipton


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Beryl Lipton

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

Good morning,

Attached is in response to the captioned FOIA request. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.

Elaine M. Rivera
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
United States Marshals Service
CG-3, 15th Floor
Washington, DC 20530-1000
703.740.3973 (Direct Line)