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Case Name U.S. v. Neshoba County JC-MS-0014
Docket / Court 94CV106 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In July of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Neshoba 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 Neshoba County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made ... read more >
In July of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Neshoba 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 Neshoba County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding security and supervision; medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; sanitation; physical problems; emergency preparedness; exercise; fire safety; and new jail construction. 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 1994. Shortly thereafter, the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Judge Tom S. Lee) 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 submitted status reports to the court until 1996, and in 1997, the court granted the joint motion to dismiss the action and dissolve the injunction.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice 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) Neshoba 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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1994 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
4:94-cv-00106-TSL (S.D. Miss.) 05/27/1997
JC-MS-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Neshoba County Detention Center in Philadelphia, Mississippi 07/19/1993
JC-MS-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Neshoba County Detention Center in Philadelphia, Mississippi 11/17/1993
JC-MS-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/19/1994 (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0014-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Lee, Tom Stewart (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0014-0003 | JC-MS-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0014-0003
Lynn, Daniel E. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0014-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0014-0003
Phillips, George L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0014-0003
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0014-0001 | JC-MS-0014-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Kilpatrick, J. Max (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0014-0003 | JC-MS-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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