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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Tulsa County (OK) JC-OK-0001
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In February of 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Tulsa County, Oklahoma that it intended to investigate conditions in the county jail pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). In September of 1994, following the investigation, ... read more >
In February of 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Tulsa County, Oklahoma that it intended to investigate conditions in the county jail pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). In September of 1994, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners of its findings and made recommendations regarding staffing and supervision, inmate classification, use of restraints and chemical agents, security, exercise, access to the courts and legal materials, juveniles, medical and mental healthcare, sanitation, food services, fire safety, overcrowding, and personal hygiene items. It appears that the Attorney General did not file suit against the jail, so there was never a court proceeding.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
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) Tulsa 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 None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
[ 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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Tulsa County Jail, Tulsa, Oklahoma 02/04/1994
JC-OK-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Tulsa County Jail, Tulsa, Oklahoma 09/13/1994
JC-OK-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0001-0002
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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