Fifth Judicial District - Department of Correctional Services

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TITLE: Emergency And Non Emergency Media Responses

PURPOSE

To ensure prompt and thorough responses to media requests for information concerning the District’s programs or activities and to identify the process for responding.

POLICY

The District communication’s office will serve as a liaison with the media, either responding to requests for information or facilitating contact with the appropriate District supervisor for response. The State Department of Corrections Communications Office will serve as the Fifth District’s communication department at the pleasure of the District Director. All media contacts shall comply with freedom of information laws and confidentiality policy.

PROCEDURES

All media requests for information shall be forwarded to the District Director who shall respond to these requests. The District Director shall determine a) the need to coordinate with the Iowa Department of Corrections Media Coordinator, b)applicable laws, c) the place and conditions for meeting with media representatives, d) the need for any signed information releases, and e) any authorized staff spokespersons.

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