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Case Name In re DOJ Investigation, of the Chesapeake, VA City Jail pursuant to CRIPA JC-VA-0002
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On February 8, 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Chesapeake City Jail [CCJ], Chesapeake, Virginia pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. §1997 et. seq. Based its investigation, the DOJ concluded that ... read more >
On February 8, 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Chesapeake City Jail [CCJ], Chesapeake, Virginia pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. §1997 et. seq. Based its investigation, the DOJ concluded that conditions at the CCJ were grossly deficient and violated the constitutional rights of prisoners, including overcrowding, staffing, violence, medical care, mental health care, due process, access to courts, religious freedom, exercise, and physical plant.

The DOJ notified officials of the City of Chesapeake, VA of its findings on December 5, 1995.

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Dan Dalton - 02/10/2007


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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 residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Totality of conditions
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. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Chesapeake City Jail
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
[ 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
Recommendation to Investigate Memorandum 01/06/1995
JC-VA-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Chesapeake City Jail, Chesapeake, Virginia 02/08/1995
JC-VA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Chesapeake City Jail, Chesapeake, Virginia 12/05/1995
JC-VA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0002-0001 | JC-VA-0002-0002 | JC-VA-0002-0003
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0002-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Hallman, Ronald S. (Virginia)
JC-VA-0002-0001 | JC-VA-0002-0002
Other Lawyers Fahey, Helen F. (Virginia)
JC-VA-0002-0001 | JC-VA-0002-0002

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