WA State DOC trans information

Adam Allen filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Washington.
Due May 21, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Adam Allen


To Whom It May Concern:

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

The total number of transgender inmates currently in the WA State DOC system. Also let me know how that breaks down between trans women and trans men. I'd like to know what facility you send trans women to, and which one you send trans men to. I'd also like to know how many trans inmates are housed in isolation/solitary confinement vs. some sort of general housing situation. And I would like this breakdown to cover the years 2010-2020. Thank you.

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,

Adam Allen

From: Department of Corrections

April 29, 2021

Adam:

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of you public records request sent April 23, 2021. For future reference, your request has been assigned public records tracking number, P-20269. You have requested:

1. The total number of transgender individuals who are currently incarcerated in a DOC facility broken down by "trans men" and "trans women".
2. What facility DOC houses trans individuals at.
3. Number of transgender individuals housed in solitary confinement and/or isolation from 2010-2020.

If I have captured any portion of your request incorrectly, please let me know. A public records request is a request for identifiable public records, where DOC has a record that answers your questions, we will provide it.

Due to a temporary restraining order granted by the Court in Does v. DOC, et al: USDC Cause No. 4:21-cv-05059, the Department will not be producing any records until the Court rules on whether or not to grant a preliminary injunction.

I will follow up with you after the Court's decision regarding the production of any records responsive to your request.

Sincerely,
Denise Vaughan

Denise Vaughan, Information Governance Director
Administrative Operations Division
Department of Corrections
(360) 725-8854 (office)

From: Adam Allen

Hi Ms Vaughan: Thank you for your quick response. I have to admit to being curious about the court case. When I put in the whole title ("Does v....-05059) I got something in MIssouri. The only other thing I could fin is a recent court case where plaintiffs asked for a mandamus writ to instruct the executive branch to prioritize categories of inmates at high risk for COVID as well as balancing community safety and other release factors they normally take into account.

You've gotten my request right. Partly I'm asking because even though I've talked to several other trans activists, none of them seem to know where trans men are sent. From what I hear, trans women are usually sent to Monroe CC. But I wonder if it's always been that way? Or if there are plans to do something different in the future. That's part of why I asked for such a long timeframe.

Thanks,

Adam

From: Department of Corrections

Adam:

There has been a preliminary injunction issued in Does v. DOC, et al: USDC Cause No. 4:21-cv-05059 that prohibits the release of records at this time. I will respond further as soon as the Court has determined what if any records can be released in response to this and other pending requests on this subject matter.

Sincerely,

Denise Vaughan

Denise Vaughan, Information Governance Director
Administrative Operations Division
Department of Corrections
(360) 725-8854 (office)
(360) 810-1130 (cell)

From: Adam Allen

Hi Ms. Vaughan: I'm confused. Can you clarify something for me please? Is this case and injunction related to inmate files and what information is given out through FOIA? Or is it directly related to trans issues? I can't find it with an internet search. Are you allowed to clarify the subject matter here?

Adam

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