|Submitted||June 20, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:
Absolutely any and all materials - including, but not limited to, policies, protocols, forms, reports, spreadsheets, and any other relevant material - related to the use and implementation of the labor of individuals held at for-profit or contracted prison facilities under the jurisdiction of this state. If state law in this area applies also to local or federal facilities contracted with a for-profit prison operator, provision of these relevant materials would also be appreciated.
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 15 business days, as the statute requires.
This is in response to your below FOIA request, and to advise that inmates under the jurisdiction of the D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) are not housed in “for-profit or contracted prison facilities.” Therefore, DOC does not maintain the records sought.
If you consider this response a denial of your FOIA request, please note that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR 412, you have the right to appeal FOIA request denial to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and must contain “Freedom of Information Act Appeal” or “FOIA Appeal” in the subject line of the letter as well as on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request, (2) a copy of this letter, (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and or arguments advanced in support of disclosure, and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor’s Correspondence Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to me. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.
Records, Information & Privacy Officer
D.C. Department of Corrections
Office of the General Counsel
2000 Fourteenth Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20009
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