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Case Name In re DOJ Investigation, of the Newport News (VA) Jail pursuant to CRIPA JC-VA-0005
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 Newport News City Jail [NNCJ] 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 ... read more >
On February 8. 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice commenced an investigation of the conditions at the Newport News City Jail [NNCJ] 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 NNCJ 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 Newport News, VA of its findings on April 16, 1996.

We have no further information.

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
Fire safety
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) Newport News 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 Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
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
Recommendation to Investigate Memorandum 01/06/1995
JC-VA-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Newport News City Jail, Newport News, Virginia 04/16/1996
JC-VA-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0005-0001 | JC-VA-0005-0002
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0005-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Katz, Stuart (Virginia)
JC-VA-0005-0001
Other Lawyers Fahey, Helen F. (Virginia)
JC-VA-0005-0001

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