DOC WA - Executed Offenders Final Statement

Bernard Rodriguez filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Washington.
Tracking # PDU-32977
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Bernard Rodriguez

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All final statements issued by offenders executed by the State of Washington as listed here:

http://www.doc.wa.gov/offenderinfo/capitalpunishment/executedlist.asp

If this record exists in electronic form, I request that you not create a new record for me (e.g., by printing your electronic record then scanning it to make a series of images of the printed data) but provide the electronic record itself in its native format.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Bernard Rodriguez

From: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

February 17, 2015

Bernard Rodriguez
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
DEPT MR 16219
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Request #: PDU-32977
Subject: Last statements

Mr. Rodriguez:

You requested last statements for the individuals that have been executed in Washington State since 1904. You provided a link to the list of individuals executed since 1904 from our Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) website. I have attached the list for your convenience.

The Department does not record "last statements." The media witnesses who attend as part of our process create this record. From what I understand, a newspaper contact we have named Andy Porter (509) 526-8318 may have some of these records. Although we do not record last statements, I recently researched a similar request and identified one responsive last statement record for Turman Wilson and Utah Wilson in the form of an old newspaper clipping found in an archived file. This record is attached. I will research your request further. We have to request the archive files that are available within the DOC system and review each offender's file individually in order to identify responsive records, if any exist. I will update you with my research progress within the next 20 business days, on or before March 17, 2015.

Please note, records pertaining to the individuals you identified may have been sent to the Washington State Archives. You may want to contact that agency for further information:

http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

AMV: PDU-32977

Electronic Disclosure Policy
Please note that the Department is currently reviewing its public disclosure policies and procedures with regard to providing records in electronic format. Until the review is complete, we are examining requests for the release of records in electronic format on a case by case basis. Based on all of the facts and circumstances of your request and the records responsive to it, we are providing records to you in electronic format. However, this action neither signifies a change in the Department's policy, nor indicates that the Department will release records in electronic format in all cases upon request.

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: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

February 23, 2015

Bernard Rodriguez
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
DEPT MR 16219
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Request #: PDU-32977
Subject: Last statements

Mr. Rodriguez:

You requested last statements for the individuals that have been executed in Washington State since 1904. You provided a link to the list of individuals executed since 1904 from our Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) website.

Out of approximately 16 files of executed persons reviewed recently, only one file contained a last statement in the form of a newspaper clipping (provided to you February 17, 2015). In light of the fact that the Department does not keep a record of last statements and our limited results thus far, can you please confirm that you would like me to proceed with the ordering and review of the remaining archived files that are available? The process will take a few weeks.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

AMV: PDU-32977

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: Bernard Rodriguez

Ms. Volk,

Thank you for your response, and the information already provided.

Yes, please proceed with the ordering and review of the remaining archived files that are available. I am aware that it will take a few weeks.

From: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

Thank you for the response, Mr. Rodriguez. We will continue our research and respond further by March 17, 2015.

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

From: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

March 16, 2015

Bernard Rodriguez
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
DEPT MR 16219
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Request #: PDU-32977
Subject: Last statements

Mr. Rodriguez:

You requested last statements for the individuals that have been executed in Washington State since 1904. You provided a link to the list of individuals executed since 1904 from our Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) website. On February 17, 2015 we provided you with one responsive record that contained a last statement in the form of a newspaper clipping. We have reviewed most of the remaining files that are available and so far no additional responsive records have been identified.

We estimate that we respond further within 10 business days, on or before March 31, 2015.

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

AMV: PDU-32977

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: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

March 16, 2015

Bernard Rodriguez
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
DEPT MR 16219
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Request #: PDU-32977
Subject: Last statements

Mr. Rodriguez:

You requested last statements for the individuals that have been executed in Washington State since 1904. You provided a link to the list of individuals executed since 1904 from our Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) website. On February 17, 2015 we provided you with one responsive record that contained a last statement in the form of a newspaper clipping. We have reviewed most of the remaining files that are available and so far no additional responsive records have been identified.

We estimate that we respond further within 10 business days, on or before March 31, 2015.

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

AMV: PDU-32977

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: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

March 30, 2015

Bernard Rodriguez
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
DEPT MR 16219
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Request #: PDU-32977
Subject: Last statements

Mr. Rodriguez:

You requested last statements for the individuals that have been executed in Washington State since 1904. You provided a link to the list of individuals executed since 1904 from our Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) website. On February 17, 2015 we provided you with one responsive record that contained a last statement in the form of a newspaper clipping. As noted in my March 16, 2015 email to you, we have reviewed most of the remaining files that are available and so far no additional responsive records have been identified. A few additional sources need to be researched for potentially responsive records.

We estimate that we respond further within 11 business days, on or before April 14, 2015.

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

AMV: PDU-32977

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: Volk, Angela M. (DOC)

April 6, 2015

Bernard Rodriguez
MuckRock News
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
DEPT MR 16219
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Request #: PDU-32977
Subject: Last statements

Mr. Rodriguez:

You requested last statements for the individuals that have been executed in Washington State since 1904. You provided a link to the list of individuals executed since 1904 from our Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) website. On February 17, 2015 we provided you with one responsive record that contained a last statement in the form of a newspaper clipping. We have competed our research related to your request and no additional responsive records have been identified.

Please note, records pertaining to the individuals you identified may have been sent to the Washington State Archives. You may want to contact that agency for further information:

http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/

We have provided documents to you in accordance with the Public Records Act. By making agency documents available to you, the Department is not responsible for your use of the information or for any claims or liabilities that may result from your use or further dissemination. This request is now closed.

If you need additional records please feel free to contact me at:

DOCpublicdisclosureunit@doc.wa.gov<mailto:DOCpublicdisclosureunit@doc.wa.gov>

Sincerely,

Angela Volk
Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
PO Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504
amvolk@doc1.wa.gov<mailto:amvolk@doc1.wa.gov>
360.725.8813

AMV: PDU-32977

Electronic Disclosure Policy
Please note that the Department is currently reviewing its public disclosure policies and procedures with regard to providing records in electronic format. Until the review is complete, we are examining requests for the release of records in electronic format on a case by case basis. Based on all of the facts and circumstances of your request and the records responsive to it, we are providing records to you in electronic format. However, this action neither signifies a change in the Department's policy, nor indicates that the Department will release records in electronic format in all cases upon request.

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

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