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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Hinds County (MS) [1986] JC-MS-0001
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Note: The only document the Clearinghouse has for this case is the 11/04/1986 Findings Letter. All information comes from that letter and the DOJ's yearly reports to Congress.

On March 11, 1986, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Hinds County, ... read more >
Note: The only document the Clearinghouse has for this case is the 11/04/1986 Findings Letter. All information comes from that letter and the DOJ's yearly reports to Congress.

On March 11, 1986, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Hinds County, Mississippi that it intended to investigate conditions in the county detention center.

On June 26, 1986, a state Chancery Court upon its own motion issued an order enjoining the confinement of persons to the detention center under such conditions and requiring, instead, that they be housed in one of two local medical facilities.

On November 4, 1986, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding treatment of non-criminal mentally ill detainees. It appears that the Attorney General did not file suit against the jail, so there was never a court proceeding.

Since the Chancery Court had enjoined the detention center from housing such mentally ill persons, the DOJ informed the County that they would monitor the facility for a reasonable period of time to ensure that the unconstitutional conditions of confinement that they observed would not recur. The DOJ was satisfied that the Detention Center was no longer confining noncriminal mentally ill persons without adequate safeguards and, therefore, closed the investigation.

Lauren Cutson - 05/23/2005
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Hinds County Detention Center
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 None
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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
Findings Letter re: Hinds County Detention Center, Jackson, Mississippi 11/04/1986
JC-MS-0001-0001 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 Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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