COVID vaccines (Department of Corrections)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Washington .
Tracking #

P-18138

Multi Request COVID vaccines
Due Jan. 29, 2021
Est. Completion June 15, 2021
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emma North-Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

* Files, including letters, memos and emails, describing or discussing policies, guidance and procedures for providing COVID-19 vaccines to prisoners/inmates and/or staff.

* Files mentioning or describing the number of vaccines given to prisoners/inmates and/or staff.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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,

Emma North-Best

From: Department of Corrections

February 1, 2021

Emma North-Best
Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Ms. North-Best:

I acknowledge receipt of your recent public records request received in our office on January 25, 2021. We have assigned this request a tracking number of P-18138. Please refer to this number in all future communications with us about this request.

I interpret your request to be for the following record(s):

1. Records, including letters, memos and emails, describing or discussing policies, guidance, and procedures for providing COVID-19 vaccines to inmates and/or staff

2. Records mentioning or describing the number of vaccines given to inmates and/or staff
If my interpretation is incorrect please notify me, otherwise I will proceed accordingly.

Department staff are currently identifying and gathering records responsive to your request. We anticipate being able to provide you an installment within 50 business days, on or before April 13, 2021. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact me via email at dmwilliams@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:dmwilliams@doc1.wa.gov> or at the address below.

Sincerely,

Donna Williams, Public Records Specialist
Public Records Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia WA 98504-1118

cc: P-18138 File

From: Department of Corrections

April 13, 2021

Emma North-Best
Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Ms. North-Best:

This letter is in regard to P-18138 your request for the following record(s):

1. Records, including letters, memos and emails, describing or discussing policies, guidance, and procedures for providing COVID-19 vaccines to inmates and/or staff
2. Records mentioning or describing the number of vaccines given to inmates and/or staff

While DOC remains open and operational, due to COVID-19 staffing and remote work, additional time is needed to complete your request. Therefore, we anticipate being able to provide you an installment within 44 business days; on or before June 15, 2021.
Sincerely,

Donna Williams, Public Records Specialist
Public Records Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia WA 98504-1118

cc: P-18138 File

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