FOIA: IDOC Record Types

IDOCThis request to Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is one in a series of FOIA requests aimed at getting a better understanding of the data and records the IDOC maintains and in what format they maintain it. There is section within the FOIA law that requires public bodies to maintain a list of the types of records they maintain. This should allow the public to better understand the overall operations of these agencies.  To date the responses we have received has all be really poorly produced without any mention of any records related to the digital communications of their staff. We hope our response from the IDOC is better than what we have received to this point

The IDOC is a very large and complex agency with justice system responsibilities throughout the state. Their response to this FOIA should allow us to understand depth of their data collection activities.

CJP will be producing original content based on the responses we get from the 9 criminal justice agencies that we sent request to.

FOIA Content

May 7, 2020

I DOC Categories of Records

  1. Inmate Files
    A. Master File records- See AD 01.07.110
  2. Medical records
  3. Facility Records
    A. Business Office – Trust fund, IBF, Expenditures
    B. B of I- Identification records, fingerprints, photos etc.
    C. Investigations and Intelligence
    D. Incident Reports
  4. Main Office
    A. Contracts/Procurement
    B. Personnel Files
    C. Inmate Benefit Fund
    D. Policies and Directives
    E. Investigations and Intelligence
    F. Miscellaneous

May 5, 2020

To: Illinois Department of Corrections

Subject: Types of records FOIA

In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140, I request that your office provide the following public records:

  1. A list of all types or categories of records currently under the Cook County Sheriff’s Office control, as provided in 5 ILCS 140/5.
  2. A description of the manner in which public records stored by means of electronic data processing may be obtained from the Illinois Department of Corrections (in a form comprehensible to persons lacking knowledge of computer language or printout format), as provided in 5 ILCS 140/5.


If the agency believes they are going to withhold any document or information pertinent to the requests made herein, please identify the document or information in as much detail as is possible and detail in specific language why each document or piece of information is being withheld.

If any information requested herein is withheld on the basis of a claim of privilege or subject to protection as material prepared in anticipation of litigation or trial, then that claim shall be made expressly in a writing that describes the nature of the Documents, Communications, or Things not produced or disclosed in a manner that will enable us to assess the applicability of the privilege or protection. With regard to each claim of privilege or protection, the following information should be provided in the response or the objection:

(a) the type of Document, e.g., letter or memorandum;

(b) general subject matter of the Document;

(c) the date of the Document; and

(d) such other information as is sufficient to identify the Document for a subpoena duces tecum, including, where appropriate, the author, addressee, and any other recipient of the Document, and, where not apparent, the relationship of the author, addressee, and any other recipient to each other.

If any Document or Thing identified herein has been lost, discarded, or destroyed, each such Document or Thing should be identified as completely as possible, including as to each such Document or Thing, its date, general nature (e.g., letter, memorandum, telegram, telex, photograph, computer printout), subject matter, each author or originator, each person indicated as an addressee or copy recipient, and its former custodian(s). In addition, as to each such Document or Thing, the following information shall be supplied:

(a) date of disposal, loss, or destruction;

(b) manner of disposal, loss, or destruction;

(c) reason for disposal or destruction, or any explanation of loss;

(d) persons authorizing the disposal or destruction;

(e) persons having knowledge of the disposal, destruction, or loss; and

(f) persons who destroyed, lost, or disposed or the Document or Thing. I look forward to hearing from you in writing within five working days, as required by the Act 5 ILCS 140(3).

Please direct all questions or responses to this FOIA request to this email address by responding to this email.

I look forward to hearing from you in writing within five working days, as required by the Act 5 ILCS 140(3). Please direct all questions or responses to this FOIA request to by responding to this email


7/13 – Response:    IDOC is extending the time to respond to your request because “the request for records cannot be complied with by the public body within the time limits prescribed by paragraph (c) of this Section without unduly burdening or interfering with the operations of the public body.”    The Department plans to respond to your request on or before July 20, 2020.


Lisa Weitekamp                                                                       

Freedom of Information Officer

Author: Tracy Siska

Tracy Siska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project.

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