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$750 Paid in Washington Public Records Case

The State of Washington agreed to pay $750 to Airway Heights
Correctional Center (AHCC) prisoner Derek E. Gronquist for the failure of
defendants Cly Evans and Sheree Raska to disclose public records that
Gronquist had requested. Gronquist sought release of training records and
job descriptions of personnel in the AHCC mailroom, as well as grievances
filed against the mailroom personnel; a November 20, 1998 memorandum to
Superintendents regarding "limiting Inmate Access to the Public through
the Mail and Telephone"; and investigative notes, e-mails and letters
regarding AHCC mail regulations.

The defendants were advised by Assistant State Attorney General Douglas
Carr that the requests were proper, requiring disclosure. The defendants
made disclosure of the training records and current mailroom policy. They
failed over a four-month period to make disclosure of the remaining
records. The defendants advised they had to send a copy of his letter to
each prisoner who had filed a grievance to allow them to seek a protective
order or grant permission to release the records. Despite numerous
prisoners granting permission, no further records were released.

On June 1, 2000, Grunquist, proceeding pro se, brought suit in the Spokane
County Superior Court. In February 2001 a settlement was reached where
Grunquist was provided all requested records and paid $750 for the delay
in release. On February 23, 2001, Judge Q. Rielly approved the settlement
and dismissed the case. See: Gronquist v. Evans, Washington Superior
Court, Spokane County, Case No. 00-2-03685-4.

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