Bad Inmate Release Algorithm

Rich Jones filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Washington.
Tracking # PDU-39440
Est. Completion April 5, 2016
Status
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From: Rich Jones

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

The algorithm responsible for the early release of 3,200 inmates, as described by Gov. Jay Inslee on December 22, 2015.

Please include the complete software source code responsible for this error, preferably as a gzip'd tarball file or as a public source control repository.

Additionally, please include any and all documents related to the discovery, processing and remedy for this software error, including any briefings/memos made for Gov. Jay Inslee's press conference on the issue.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Rich Jones

From: Pernula, Theresa L. 'Terry' (DOC)

Attached is regarding your recent public records request, PDU-39440.

Terry Pernula
DOC Public Disclosure Unit
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118

The Washington Department of Corrections is increasing the security level for email messages containing confidential or restricted data. A new Secure Email Portal is being implemented. Outbound email messages from DOC staff that contain confidential or restricted data will be routed to the portal. A notification of the secured message will be delivered to the recipient.

Click on the following web link for more information.
http://www.doc.wa.gov/business/secureemail.asp

From: Pernula, Theresa L. 'Terry' (DOC)

Attached is regarding your public records request, PDU-39440.

Terry Pernula
DOC Public Disclosure Unit
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118

The Washington Department of Corrections is increasing the security level for email messages containing confidential or restricted data. A new Secure Email Portal is being implemented. Outbound email messages from DOC staff that contain confidential or restricted data will be routed to the portal. A notification of the secured message will be delivered to the recipient.

Click on the following web link for more information.
http://www.doc.wa.gov/business/secureemail.asp

From: Rich Jones

Hi Theresa, thank you for your swift reply!

I plan on appealing the exemption, but I will wait until the rest of the response is delivered on or before February 6, 2016 before I submit my paperwork.

Is there a time limit on when the appeal can be filed? If so, does that begin now, or when the rest of the response is delivered?

Thanks very much,
R

From: Pernula, Theresa L. 'Terry' (DOC)

Attached is regarding your public records request, PDU-39440.

Terry Pernula
DOC Public Disclosure Unit
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118

The Washington Department of Corrections is increasing the security level for email messages containing confidential or restricted data. A new Secure Email Portal is being implemented. Outbound email messages from DOC staff that contain confidential or restricted data will be routed to the portal. A notification of the secured message will be delivered to the recipient.

Click on the following web link for more information.
http://www.doc.wa.gov/business/secureemail.asp

From: Rich Jones

Actually, would mind if I submitted my PDU-39440 RCW 42.56.420(4) exemption appeal via email rather than the post? I think that would probably be a bit easier for both of us.

Thanks,
R

From: Pernula, Theresa L. 'Terry' (DOC)

You sure can. The email address for public records appeals is docappeals@doc.wa.gov<mailto:docappeals@doc.wa.gov>.

Let me know if there is anything else you need.

Terry Pernula
DOC Public Disclosure Unit

360-725-8202

From: Rich Jones

In the original request I reference a press conference given by Gov. Jay Inslee on December 22, 2015. He must have been prepped for this press conference with talking points, or meeting notes, etcetera - I am requesting those notes as they relate to the subject matter. Please send me all available materials created for the governor for this press conference - let's say, 5 days preceding this conference. Terms should include "3,200", "offender", "inmate", "release", "algorithm", "software", "glitch", and "bug". This may consist of emails, power point presentations, Word documents, or PDF files.

You should also expect an additional appeal for the PDU-39440 RCW 42.56.420(4) exemption shortly.

Thanks!,
Rich Jones

From: Pernula, Theresa L. 'Terry' (DOC)

Mr. Jones -

This is a follow up to the correspondence you received from Denise Vaughan regarding your appeal related to PDU-39440. A search is being conducted for records pertaining to the second portion of your request, which you clarified to be for documents provided to Governor Jay Inslee for his press conference on December 22, 2105. You ask for all talking points, meeting notes, emails, power points presentations, word documents, or PDF files created for the press conference for five days preceding the conference. Also, you asked that search terms include "3,200", "offender", "inmate", "release", "algorithm", "software", "glitch", and "bug".

In your original request received on December 23, 2015, in the same sentence that you asked for records related to Governor Jay Inslee's press conference, you also asked for any and all documents related to the discovery, processing and remedy for "this" software error. Please confirm if you still want to receive such records.

Staff are in the process of conducting a search with the above criteria. You may expect further correspondence regarding PDU-39440 within 20 business days, on or before April 5, 2016. If you should have any questions in the interim, you may contact me via email or at the address below.

Thank you.

Terry Pernula
DOC Public Disclosure Unit
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118

The Washington Department of Corrections is increasing the security level for email messages containing confidential or restricted data. A new Secure Email Portal is being implemented. Outbound email messages from DOC staff that contain confidential or restricted data will be routed to the portal. A notification of the secured message will be delivered to the recipient.

Click on the following web link for more information.
http://www.doc.wa.gov/business/secureemail.asp

From: Skewis, Erin K. (DOC)

Mr. Jones,
Please see the attached document related to your records request with tracking number PDU-39440.

Thank you,

Erin Skewis, PD Specialist
Department of Corrections
Public Disclosure Unit

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