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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Daviess County (KY) JC-KY-0004
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In March 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Daviess County Detention Center in Kentucky ("Detention Center"), pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. That investigation was subsequently ... read more >
In March 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Daviess County Detention Center in Kentucky ("Detention Center"), pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. That investigation was subsequently expanded to include the Harold N. Taylor Restricted Custody Facility("RCF"), the E. Robert Goebel Secure Juvenile Detention Facility("SJDF"), and the Louis Johnson Youth Alternative Center ("YAC").

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at those four facilities violated the constitutional rights of juveniles, convicts, and detainees. To remedy the unconstitutional practices, the DOJ advised Daviess County officials in a letter dated April 10, 1998 of minimum measures to implement immediately in the following areas: Excessive force, protection of inmates from harm, medical care, mental health care, sanitation, due process, access to courts, opportunity for exercise, education and recreational activities.

According to the DOJ's Fiscal Year 2002 Congressional Report on CRIPA, the matter was closed in FY 2002. We have no further information.

Dan Dalton - 02/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Education
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Juveniles
Law library access
Protective custody
Recreation / Exercise
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Special education
Suicide prevention
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Tuberculosis
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Daviess County Detention Center
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Written: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: Daviess County Detention Center (Findings Letter) 04/10/1998
JC-KY-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lee, Bill Lann (California)
JC-KY-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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