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Case Name Rainer & U.S. v. Jones JC-MS-0006
Docket / Court J78-0135 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1978, plaintiffs filed class action suit against Simpson County and several officers and board members of the Simpson County Jail in the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Attorneys from the Central Mississippi Legal Services represented plaintiffs. In 1979, after ... read more >
In 1978, plaintiffs filed class action suit against Simpson County and several officers and board members of the Simpson County Jail in the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Attorneys from the Central Mississippi Legal Services represented plaintiffs. In 1979, after negotiation, the court approved a consent decree requiring defendants to change regulations, policies, and procedures at the jail. In 1992, plaintiffs filed a contempt motion, and the court (Judge Tom S. Lee) re-opened the case.In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Simpson County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In November of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Simpson County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding staffing and supervision; policies and procedures; medical and mental health care; suicide prevention; sanitation; fire safety; and overcrowding. In 1995, the Attorney General intervened in plaintiffs' case against Simpson 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 issued 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. In addition, the parties agreed that defendants would pay plaintiffs' attorneys fees. On October 20, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Judge Tom Lee) granted a joint motion for dismissal and dismissed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 06/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Simpson County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Simpson County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1978 - n/a
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)
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Docket(s)
3:78-cv-00135-Tsl (S.D. Miss.) 10/20/2006
JC-MS-0006-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Simpson County Jail in Mendenhall, Mississippi 05/03/1993
JC-MS-0006-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Simpson County Jail in Mendenhall, Mississippi 11/17/1993
JC-MS-0006-0002 PDF | Detail
Order 04/21/1995 (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0006-0003 PDF | Detail
Agreed Order 11/09/1995 (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0006-0004 PDF | Detail
Judges Lee, Tom Stewart (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0006-0003 | JC-MS-0006-0004 | JC-MS-0006-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anglin, Andrew Jeffrey (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-9000
Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0006-0004
Foster, Rex B. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-9000
Keys, Suzanne Griggins (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-0004 | JC-MS-0006-9000
Leger, Charles P. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0006-0004
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0006-0004
Pigott, Bradley (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-0004
Reeves, Carlton Wayne (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-9000
Robinson, Lindia Pilcher (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-0004 | JC-MS-0006-9000
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0006-0001 | JC-MS-0006-0002
Wallace, Terry (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gwin, Lucien C. Jr. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-0004 | JC-MS-0006-9000
Welch, Danny (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-0004
Welch, Robert Daniel (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0006-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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