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Case Name U.S. v. Nassau County Sheriff's Dept. JC-NY-0010
Docket / Court Docket No. Not Available ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On April 19, 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) notified the Nassau County Correctional Center (NCCC) in New York of its intent to investigate conditions at the jail to determine whether they were unconstitutional. The DOJ conducted this investigation under the authority of 42 U.S.C. § ... read more >
On April 19, 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) notified the Nassau County Correctional Center (NCCC) in New York of its intent to investigate conditions at the jail to determine whether they were unconstitutional. The DOJ conducted this investigation under the authority of 42 U.S.C. § 1997, also known as the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). On September 11, 2000, the DOJ issued a findings letter containing evidence that NCCC unconstitutionally physically abused inmates and behaved with deliberate indifference to inmates' serious medical needs.

In 2001, the DOJ filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the parties' settlement agreement was attached to the complaint. Under the settlement, the NCCC agreed to develop and implement appropriate policies regarding inmate medical care and mental health services. Specifically, the policies were to address issues in the areas of inmate prescreening, staffing levels, sick call, medication distribution, emergency care, dental care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, disease control, records, training, mortality reviews, inmate education, sanitation, immunization, and medical grievance procedures.

The NCCC also agreed to develop and implement new procedures concerning the use of force against inmates. Specifically, the policies were to address issues in the areas of staff training, reporting and documenting use of force, use of chemical agents, use of restraints, physical contact between staff and inmates. We have no further record of the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/24/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, general
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. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Nassau County
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 2001 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint 01/01/2001
JC-NY-0010-0001 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement 01/01/2002
JC-NY-0010-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)
JC-NY-0010-0001
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Chen, Pamela K. (District of Columbia)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Cohen, Sanford M. (New York)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Shoenberg, Dana (District of Columbia)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Tepper, Marla (New York)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Vinegrad, Alan (New York)
JC-NY-0010-0001 | JC-NY-0010-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Gulotta, Thomas (New York)
JC-NY-0010-0002
Samenga, Alfred (New York)
JC-NY-0010-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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