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Case Name United States v. Miami Dade County JC-FL-0021
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-21570 ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates from the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail (MDRC), filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against officials from Miami-Dade County for violation of the inmates' ... read more >
On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates from the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail (MDRC), filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against officials from Miami-Dade County for violation of the inmates' constitutional rights. The suit alleged that the defendants failed to provide constitutional suicide protection and mental health care to the inmates, which caused the inmates to suffer serious harm.

On May 22, 2013, the Court (Judge William J. Zloch) entered a consent degree, which revised the standard of medical care to be provided by the MDCR facilities and monitoring of the implementation of this care. The case was dismissed without prejudice.

So far, the U.S. has submitted once status report regarding compliance on May 30, 2014, and Judge Zlock set a status conference for October 21, 2014.

Meredith Osborne - 11/03/2013
Jessica Kincaid - 07/13/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Pepper/OC spray
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Miami Dade County
Miami Dade County
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates at Miami Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail facilities.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 2013 - 2020
Case Closing Year 2013
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)
1:13-cv-21570−WJZ (S.D. Fla.) 05/23/2013
JC-FL-0021-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Findings Letter Re: Investigation of Miami Dade County Jail 08/24/2011
JC-FL-0021-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Complaint 05/01/2013
JC-FL-0021-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Agreement 05/01/2013 (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Order Approving and Entering Consent Decree and Dismissing Case without Prejudice 05/22/2013 (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Zloch, William J. (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0002 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Austin, Ron Anthony (Louisiana)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003
Coon, Laura (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Ferrer, Wilfredo A (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003
Harrell-James, Veronica Vanessa (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001
Jansen, Regina (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0004
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Pastor, Bernard (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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