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Case Name In re DOJ Investigation, of the Virginia Beach (VA) Jail pursuant to CRIPA JC-VA-0004
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On February 8. 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Virginia Beach City Jail [VBCJ] 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 ... read more >
On February 8. 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Virginia Beach City Jail [VBCJ] 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 VBJC 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 Virginia Beach, VA of its findings on April 16, 1996. On May 6, 1996, the City responded to the DOJ findings and detailed the corrective measures that had already been undertaken as a result of the investigation.

On June 17, 1996, the DOJ notified the City that it was closing its investigation as the City had successfully rectified the problem areas at VBCJ.

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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
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
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) Virginia Beach City 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 Private Settlement Agreement
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
Recommendation to Investigate Memorandum 01/06/1995
JC-VA-0004-0004 PDF | Detail
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Virginia Beach City Jail, Virginia Beach, Virginia 02/08/1995
JC-VA-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Virginia Beach City Jail, Virginia Beach, Virginia 04/16/1996
JC-VA-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Memorandum re: Request for Signature to Close the Virginia Beach City Jail Investigation, Virginia Beach, Virginia 06/06/1996
JC-VA-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Notice re: Closing the Investigation 06/17/1996
JC-VA-0004-0005 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0004-0001 | JC-VA-0004-0003 | JC-VA-0004-0004 | JC-VA-0004-0005
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0004-0003 | JC-VA-0004-0004
Defendant's Lawyers DelDuca, Mark T. (Virginia)
JC-VA-0004-0005
Fahey, Helen F. (Virginia)
JC-VA-0004-0001 | JC-VA-0004-0005
Lilley, Leslie Louis (Virginia)
JC-VA-0004-0001 | JC-VA-0004-0005
Other Lawyers Breit, Jeffrey (Virginia)
JC-VA-0004-0005

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