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Case Name U.S. v. Forrest County JC-MS-0010
Docket / Court 95-CV-144 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Forrest County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In July of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made ... read more >
In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Forrest County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In July of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding security and supervision; medical and mental healthcare; overcrowding; personal hygiene; exercise; and access to a law library and legal materials. Apparently after negotiation, the Attorney General filed an action under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. section 1997 et seq., against the jail in 1995. Less than a month later, the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi (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 on PACER, the county continued to submit status reports to the court until 1998, and in 1999 the court granted a joint motion to dismiss the case.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
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) Forrest County 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 1995 - 1999
Case Closing Year 1999
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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  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)
2:95-cv-00144-CWP (S.D. Miss.) 01/30/2004
JC-MS-0010-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Forrest County Jail in Hattiesburg, Mississippi 05/03/1993
JC-MS-0010-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Forrest County Jail in Hattiesburg, Mississippi 07/06/1993
JC-MS-0010-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Order 05/03/1995 (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0010-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Pickering, Charles Willis Sr. (S.D. Miss., Fifth Circuit)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Pigott, Bradley (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0010-9000
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0010-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Dukes, James K. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Hollimon, Jeffrey T. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0010-0003 | JC-MS-0010-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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