Mortality Data and Related Policies, 2000-2020

COVID Prison Project filed this request with the Division of Corrections of West Virginia .
Due May 27, 2021
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: COVID Prison Project

Suzanne Y. Summers, Paralegal
Division of Corrections & Rehabilitation
WV Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Building 1, Room 400W
Charleston, WV 25305

To Suzanne Y. Summers:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act, §29-B-1-1 et seq., I hereby request the following records:

– Those which include time and date of all instances of death occurring in the offender population between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Those which indicate the total number of individuals in West Virginia Division of Corrections (WVDOC) custody who died by any cause, separated monthly, from January 2000 to December 2020.

– Monthly population records that include the total number of deaths occurring among people in the custody of the WVDOC between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Final reports of death for all individuals in WVDOC custody who died between January 2000 and December 2020.

Additionally, I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all WVDOC policies, regulations, and procedures, pertaining to...

– Investigations of in-custody deaths.

– Requirements for the performance of an autopsy or post-mortem medical examination of individuals who die while in WVDOC custody.

– The reporting of in-custody deaths to other governmental agencies.

– Next-of-kin notification in the event of in-custody deaths.

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. However, we respectfully request a waiver of these fees as we are affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use.

The West Virginia Freedom of Information Act requires a response to this request be made within five business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records. If you choose to deny this request, please provide a written explanation for the denial including a reference to the specific statutory exemption(s) upon which you rely. Also, please provide all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.


Forrest Behne
Policy Director, COVID Prison Project
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office: (919) 391-7962
340 MacNider Hall | Campus Box 7240
333 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7240

From: Division of Corrections

Attached is an extension notice for a FOIA Request from Forrest Behne of the UNC at Chapel Hill.

Sarah F. (Sallie) Daugherty
Department of Homeland Security
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Building 1, Suite 400-W
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
Telephone (304) 558-2930 (ext. 52127)
Fax (304) 558-1141

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  • 2021-06-04 DCR Response to Behne, Forrest (MuckRock) FOIA re mortality data EXTENSION NOTICE



  • 2021-06-04 DCR Response to Behne, Forrest (MuckRock) FOIA re mortality data EXTENSION NOTICE