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Case Name U.S. v. Jackson Parish JC-LA-0017
Docket / Court 79-0003 ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On January 3, 1979, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under 28 U.S.C. § 1345 against the Jackson Parish Jail in Louisiana in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Previously, in 1978, the Justice Department had approved of suit being filed to ... read more >
On January 3, 1979, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under 28 U.S.C. § 1345 against the Jackson Parish Jail in Louisiana in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Previously, in 1978, the Justice Department had approved of suit being filed to desegregate the Natchitoches Parish Jail in Louisiana. An internal Justice Department memo (written by then Assistant Attorney General Drew Days) in 1978 indicated that four other desegretation claims, including those to desegregate the jails in Jackson, Union, Webster and Bienvielle County Parishes, were substantially similar in nature. The memo noted that in all of these cases, the racial segregation was clear, and in most cases, admitted by jail officials.

On January 8, 1979, the district court approved a consent decree. We do not have a copy of the decree. The docket further references a motion and response concerning a plan for prisoner classification in April and May of 1979. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 09/09/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Racial segregation
Totality of conditions
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) Jackson Parish Jail
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1979 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
79-3 (W.D. La.) 07/31/1997
JC-LA-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum for the Attorney General 08/08/1978
JC-LA-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Days, Drew S. III (District of Columbia)
JC-LA-0017-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Frances O. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0017-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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