Downeast Correctional Facility closure records.

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Washington County Sheriff's Department of Washington County, ME.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), I hereby request the following records:

Absolutely any and all materials related to the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility.

Please include all directives, protocols, and procedures received by or created by this agency related to the closure or transfer of inmates at the Downeast Correctional Facility, including all orders and notices sent either to or from this agency in anticipation of the closure and any other preparatory materials provided by the State in advance of February 9, 2018.

Please include all communications sent or received by representatives of this office to representatives of the facility for the period from January 1, 2018 through February 11, 2018, including all emails, letters, memos, and other communications containing the phrase "Downeast Correction Facility," "Down East Correctional Facility," or "DECF."

Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available.

Please give me a call as soon as possible to discuss this request: 617-299-1832.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. ยง 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, 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 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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Beryl Lipton


I just gave your office a call, and I'd love to get a formal written response, but I would also really appreciate a chance to chat quickly (and maybe on the record at some point).

Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it, and I look forward to talking soon.

Best wishes,

From: Washington County Sheriff's Department

Ms. Lipton;
Attached is our response to your FOAA request concerning DCF closing. My contact information is listed below if you have any questions.
Captain Rich Rolfe, Jail Administrator
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Division
83 Court Street
Machias, ME 04654
(207) 255-3434 office
(207) 255-3641 fax
(207) 263-7023 cell
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