Can I sue the Department of Corrections for providing an inmate with my personal information?
On 6/22/10 I received a letter from an inmate who I do not know. In the letter this inmate states that he doesn't know me, I am on his visitation list, and he has my full name, address, and phone number. I did some research on-line and found that this inmate has been charged with and and has received disciplinary infractions for armed robbery, violent crimes, sexual abuse, disorderly conduct, assault on an inmate and more. I don't know if this inmate has more of my personal info than he clams to have and I don't know his intentions.
I very much doubt that you can get anywhere with this, particularly while the inmate is still in prison. If there were any threats, or anything of that sort, in the inmate's letter, you should provide a copy of it to the authorities, who can deal with this directly. You should, of course, make sure your name is off the man's visitation list and onto your daughter's.
You probably have very little to worry about here. If the inmate had any intention of robbing or harming you after his release, he would never have let you know his name or that he had your information (unless he is a remarkably stupid criminal). Should anything happen after his release, a copy of that letter automatically makes him suspect #1.