State-level solitary confinement policies/procedures and reporting requirements (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Washington.
Tracking # PDU-33711
Status
Completed

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, 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

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Nagel, Cary L. (DOC)

April 16, 2015

Dear Ms. Lipton:

Your request for records dated April 09, 2015, was received on April 09, 2015. This request has been assigned public disclosure tracking number PDU-33711. Please reference that number in any future correspondence regarding this request.

You write to request the following records:
1. A copy of all policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, 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:
1. Solitary
2. Solitary confinement
3. Security Housing Units
4. Special Housing Unit
5. Intensive Management Units
6. Restricted Housing Units
7. Communication Management Units
8. Disciplinary segregation
9. Administrative segregation
10. Involuntary protective custody
I interpret your request as to seek a copy of all current policies and procedures for Washington State Department of Corrections facilities pertaining to the ten listed types of segregation above.

If the above listed records are not a correct interpretation, please let me know; otherwise records will be gathered as listed. Department staff are in the process of identifying and gathering records responsive to your request. You may expect further correspondence regarding the status of PDU-33711 within 52 business days, on or before June 29, 2015. Also, if Jeremy Barclay, Communication Director, can be of any assistance, please contact him at 360-515-6661 or jsbarclay@doc1.wa.gov.

Sincerely,

Cary Nagel, Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118
(360) 725 - 8833

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Nagel,

Thank you very much for your letter and your help! I appreciate your care in requesting clarification, because the wording and the spirit of the request may not have worked as harmoniously as I had hoped.

I would like materials related to the ten terms that I provided; in addition, if there are other terms to describe segregation-like activities that I have not listed, but which someone within your department or a Washington prison would reasonably recognize as being related in spirit to the terms I have listed, I would like materials related to those activities and terms as well. Policies related to restrictive conditions may be a more apt description of the genre.

I hope I've made things more than less clear. Please let me know if there's anything else. Thanks again!

Best,
Beryl

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

Thank you for your help.

From: Nagel, Cary L. (DOC)

Hello again,

Department staff are in the process of identifying and gathering records responsive to your request. You may expect further correspondence regarding the status of PDU-33711 on or before June 29, 2015.

Sincerely,

Cary Nagel, Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118
(360) 725 - 8833

From: Nagel, Cary L. (DOC)

Hello again,

Department staff are in the process of identifying and gathering records responsive to your request. You may expect further correspondence regarding the status of PDU-33711 on or before June 29, 2015.

Sincerely,

Cary Nagel, Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118
(360) 725 - 8833

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

Thank you for your help.

From: Nagel, Cary L. (DOC)

Dear Ms. Lipton:

This email is a follow up to my previous correspondence with you dated May, 18, 2015. You can expect the first installment tomorrow barring any overage of megabytes.

Sincerely,

Cary Nagel, Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118
(360) 725 - 8833

From: Nagel, Cary L. (DOC)

Dear Ms. Lipton:

A total of 218 pages have been identified as responsive to your request and prepared as the 1st installment of records. Unfortunately the megabyte limit was reached and the 1st instalment could not be sent via email. The Department’s copy fee of $.20 per page plus postage has been calculated as follows:

Photocopies

$.20 x 218

$43.16

Postage

36.33 oz.

$15.50

Total Amount Due

$58.60

OR
CD

1 X $0.79

$0.79

Postage

+

$0.98

Total Cost

Total Amount Due

$1.77

To obtain these pages send a check or money order payable to the Department of Corrections for the exact amount listed above under Total Amount Due and send it to the Public Disclosure Unit at P.O. Box 41118, Olympia, WA 98504-1118. Remember to reference PDU-33711 with your exact payment.

Please note that all records sent to incarcerated inmates are subject to Department mailroom policy guidelines. Your payment for copies of records requested under the Public Records Act does not ensure that these same records will be allowed into a secure prison facility (Livingston v. Cedeno, 186 P.3d 1055 (Wash. 2008). Should you wish to have records mailed to a third party on your behalf, please provide the correct name and mailing address with your payment. Otherwise, the responsive records will be sent to your attention.

If no response is received within 30 days of the date of this letter, the file for this request will be closed.

Sincerely,
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Cary Nagel, Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118

CN: PDU-33711

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $1.77 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request (PDU-33711).

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

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

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #PDU-33711.

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

From: Nagel, Cary L. (DOC)

Dear Ms. Lipton:

This email is a follow up to PDU-33711.

Enclosed you will find 319 pages of documents which have been identified as the 2nd and final installment responsive to your request. These documents and information are provided to you in accordance with the Public Disclosure Law. By making agency documents available to you, the Department is not responsible for your use of the information nor for any claims or liabilities that may result from your use or further dissemination.

This request PDU-33711 is now closed.

Sincerely,
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Cary Nagel, Public Disclosure Specialist
Public Disclosure Unit
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118

CN: PDU-33711

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