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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Harrison County (MS) JI-MS-0001
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Special Collection Civil Rights Division Archival Collection
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 3, 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation of conditions at the Harrison County Youth Detention Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 (CRIPA). The investigation was prompted by complaints of unsafe conditions at the ... read more >
On May 3, 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation of conditions at the Harrison County Youth Detention Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 (CRIPA). The investigation was prompted by complaints of unsafe conditions at the detention center including physical abuse of the juveniles by detention officers, unsanitary living conditions, and inadequate educational, medical, and mental health facilities.

In its notice of findings on September 9, 1993, the Justice Department concluded that the following conditions and policies of HCJDC were in violation of the Constitution: (1) HCJDC's lack of on-site medical and mental health services; (2) failure to monitor suicidal individuals; (3) failure to provide hot water, pest control, adequate bedding, fire safety systems, food sanitation and out-of-cell time; and (4) overcrowding. At minimum, HCJDC was ordered to implement remedial measures including the provision of adequate medical and mental health care, safe and sanitary conditions, and adequate staff training and supervision. These letters are the only information we have on file regarding the investigation, and therefore we do not know what steps HCJDC took to remedy the violations.

Stacey Jensen - 05/17/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Counseling
Education
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Personal injury
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
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) Harrison County
Harrison County Youth Detention Center
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
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Notice Letter re: Harrison County Youth Detention Center, Gulfport , Mississippi 05/03/1993
JI-MS-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Findings Letter re: Harrison County Youth Detention Center, Gulfport , Mississippi 09/09/1993
JI-MS-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0001-0001 | JI-MS-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers Meadows, Joseph R. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0001-0002
Payne, Robert A. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0001-0001
Phillips, George L. (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0001-0002

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