Inmate debt and fees policies/reports (State-level) (WV Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Division of Corrections of West Virginia.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act, I hereby request the following records:

The following materials regarding the assessment, collection, and balances of inmate fees and debt:

• All policies and procedures regarding the goods, services, or any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable. Please include all policies on the garnishment/disbursement of funds from inmate accounts and wages (such as those related to mandatory saving, mandatory deductions, coverage of care, personal necessities, etc.), as well as all relevant reporting requirements. Please include all relevant data as regards to medical payments, room and board costs, meal fees, stamps and postage, hygienic materials, and any other expenses for which inmates are or may become liable, etc.

• All reports, databases, spreadsheets, or equivalent materials regarding current debts/restitution paid to or owed to this department or any facility/agency under its jurisdiction. Please include all available segregable information (excluding individual personally-identifying elements, as necessary and appropriate), including but not limited to the reason for the debt/fee, the amount of the debt, the facility at which the debt was incurred, whether the debt is held by an inmate in custody or released, any available individual data regarding record of prior release, etc.

If further clarification is necessary, a phone call will happily be arranged.

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.


Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Marion, Leslie L

Please find attached the reply to your FOIA request of April 28, 2016 (which was not received), with follow-ups of May 5, May 10, May 16, May 24 (not received), May 30 (not received), and today, June 6. There was no address to reply to except<>, with a subject line of MR#25500-254757. Our original reply was sent to<> on May 6, 2016, and that is the letter that is attached, as well as the request we received.

As mentioned in previous correspondence with you dated February 9, 2016, the fax number to send FOIA requests to The West Virginia Division of Corrections is 304-558-1141. When sent to other fax numbers related to the division, we may not receive it as the majority of the people in other departments do not know what a FOIA is.

Thank you,
Leslie Marion
Secretary II, Legal Department
WV Division of Corrections
1409 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, WV 25311<>
304-558-2036, ext. 53485