Narconon / Criminon

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William Thackeray

Dear HM Prison Service,

Please release communications between your department and individual prisons, for the past 5 years, concerning the Scientology program Narconon / Criminon.

Many thanks for your help with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Over, Darren \(ARU\), HM Prison Service

Freedom of Information Request FOI/63151/10

Data Access & Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
Zone 6 B
Post point 6.25
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

T 020 3334 2650
F 020 3334 2245
E [email address]

www.justice.gov.uk

27-JAN-10 Our Ref:FOI/63151/10

Dear William Thackeray,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your correspondence of January 26, 2010, in which you
asked for information about the Scientology program Narconon /
Criminon under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) from the
Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

You will receive a response from us by February 23, 2010. Your request
has been passed to the appropriate business unit within the MoJ, and
they will write to you with their decision by this date.

The FOIA does provide a number of exemptions. A qualified exemption
requires that before relying on it we must consider the public interest
test. If the information you have requested is covered by a qualified
exemption(s) under FOIA, the Department is allowed to take longer than
20 working days to respond. This is because in such circumstances we are
required to consider the public interest issues when deciding whether or
not to disclose the information requested.

If more time is needed to consider the public interest issues under a
qualified exemption(s), we will write to you and inform you of the
revised date you can expect to receive a response to your request.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please quote ref: FOI/63151/10 in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Darren Over
(Sent on behalf of Peter Harlow)
Data Access and Compliance Unit

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

Cook, Michael [NOMS],

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Dear Mr. Thackeray,

Please find attached a response to your query concerning the Scientology
run programmes Narconon and Criminon.

Yours sincerely

Michael Cook

Policy Support Manager
Interventions and Substance Misuse Group
National Offender Management Service
First Floor (A116)
Abell House
John Islip Street
London SW1P 4LH

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

William Thackeray

Dear Michael,

Many thanks for your response to my FOI request.

In the interests of trying to narrow down the request to make it fall within the cost limit, I'd be grateful if you could let me know:

- Do any of the organisations concerned (i.e. MoJ/NOMS/prisons) have electronic communication or filing systems (such as email or file servers) which could be searched for this information?

- Does the MoJ keep a centralised record of information which is sent to all prisons (as opposed to correspondence concerning a specific prisoner or a specific prison)?

- Is NOMS divided into departments or sections? If so, what are they, and which of them has responsibility for this type of issue?

- I could provide you with a list of specific prisons where Narconon/Criminon claims to be active. Would this help?

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

Data Access & Compliance Unit, HM Prison Service

Freedom of Information Request FOI/63554/10

Data Access & Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
Zone 6 B
Post point 6.25
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

T 020 3334 5151
F 020 3334 2245
E [email address]

www.justice.gov.uk

19-FEB-10 Our Ref:FOI/63554/10

Dear Mr Thackeray,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your correspondence of February 18, 2010, in which
you made a further request regarding Narconon/Criminon (previous
reference FOI/63151) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

You will receive a response from us by March 18, 2010. Your request has
been passed to the appropriate business unit within the MoJ, and they
will write to you with their decision by this date.

The FOIA does provide a number of exemptions. A qualified exemption
requires that before relying on it we must consider the public interest
test. If the information you have requested is covered by a qualified
exemption(s) under FOIA, the Department is allowed to take longer than
20 working days to respond. This is because in such circumstances we are
required to consider the public interest issues when deciding whether or
not to disclose the information requested.

If more time is needed to consider the public interest issues under a
qualified exemption(s), we will write to you and inform you of the
revised date you can expect to receive a response to your request.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please quote ref: FOI/63554/10 in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Hannah Law
(Sent on behalf of Kate Holliday)
Data Access and Compliance Unit

This e-mail (and any attachment) is intended only for the attention of
the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying
is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all
copies and inform the sender by return e-mail.

Internet e-mail is not a secure medium. Any reply to this message
could be intercepted and read by someone else. Please bear that in
mind when deciding whether to send material in response to this message
by e-mail.

This e-mail (whether you are the sender or the recipient) may be
monitored, recorded and retained by the Ministry of Justice. E-mail
monitoring / blocking software may be used, and e-mail content may be
read at any time. You have a responsibility to ensure laws are not
broken when composing or forwarding e-mails and their contents.

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

Cook, Michael [NOMS],

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Dear Mr. Thackeray,

Thank you for your follow up query concerning this Freedom of
Information Request. Please find attached our response.

Your sincerely

Michael Cook
Policy Support Manager
Interventions and Substance Misuse Group
National Offender Management Service
First Floor (A116)
Abell House
John Islip Street
London SW1P 4LH

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