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Case Name U.S. v. Scott County JC-MS-0015
Docket / Court 3:94-cv-00566-HTW ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Scott County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In October of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Scott County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made ... read more >
In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Scott County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In October of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Scott County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding security and supervision; medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; sanitation; food service; exercise; and access to 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 1994. Shortly thereafter, the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Judge Henry T. Wingate) 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 1999, the court granted the joint motion to terminate the consent order and dismiss the action.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
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) Scott 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 1994 - 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)
[ 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)
3:94-cv-00566-HTW (S.D. Miss.) 09/08/1999
JC-MS-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Scott County Jail, Forest , Mississipi 05/03/1993
JC-MS-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Scott County Jail, Forest , Mississipi 10/08/1993
JC-MS-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Complaint 08/20/1994
JC-MS-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Certificate of Attorney General 08/20/1994
JC-MS-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Consent Order 09/19/1994 (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0015-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges Wingate, Henry Travillion (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0015-0004 | JC-MS-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldschmidt, Iris (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-0003 | JC-MS-0015-0004
Lynn, Daniel E. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-0003 | JC-MS-0015-0004
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-0003
Phillips, George L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-0003 | JC-MS-0015-0004
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-0003 | JC-MS-0015-0005
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0015-0001 | JC-MS-0015-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Lee, Roy Noble Jr. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0015-0004 | JC-MS-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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