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Case Name Crosby & U.S. v. Jones County JC-MS-0005
Docket / Court H92-0235 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1992, plaintiffs filed a class action suit against Jones County and several officers and board members of the Jones County Jail in the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Jones County, Mississippi of its ... read more >
In 1992, plaintiffs filed a class action suit against Jones County and several officers and board members of the Jones County Jail in the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Jones County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In June of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Jones County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding new jail construction; sanitation; medical and mental healthcare; security staff and supervision; crowding; exercise; fire safety; suicide prevention; access to a law library. In September of 1993, the Attorney General intervened in plaintiffs' case against Jones County and filed an action under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. section 1997 et seq., against the jail. Shortly thereafter, the district court (Judge Charles W. Pickering) approved a consent decree. The consent decree laid out steps the county must take to improve issues discussed in the DOJ's letter of findings and recommendations. According to the docket from PACER, the county submitted status reports to the court until the end of 1994, and in 1996, the court granted defendants' motion to dismiss.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Fire safety
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
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) Jones County
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Jones County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1992 - 1996
Case Closing Year 1996
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)
2:92-cv-00235-cwp (S.D. Miss.) 07/23/1996
JC-MS-0005-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Jones County Jail in Laurel, Mississippi 05/03/1993
JC-MS-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Jone County Jail, Laurel, Mississippi 06/04/1993
JC-MS-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Order 03/01/1994 (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0005-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Pickering, Charles Willis Sr. (S.D. Miss., Fifth Circuit)
JC-MS-0005-0003 | JC-MS-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Buckley, Travis (Louisiana)
JC-MS-0005-0003
Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0005-0003
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0005-0001 | JC-MS-0005-0002 | JC-MS-0005-0003
Utter, David J. (Louisiana)
JC-MS-0005-0003 | JC-MS-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boone, Douglas S. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0005-0003
Dickerson, Gerald A. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0005-0003
Sumrall, William Wyatt (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0005-9000
Thaxton, Anthony L. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0005-0003
Weathers, Jon Mark (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0005-0003 | JC-MS-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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