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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Jackson (MS) JI-MS-0002
Docket / Court docket unknown ( 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
From June 30 - July 2, 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an investigation of the Hinds County Youth Detention Center in Jackson, Mississippi pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. The Justice Department issued its findings on ... read more >
From June 30 - July 2, 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an investigation of the Hinds County Youth Detention Center in Jackson, Mississippi pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. The Justice Department issued its findings on November 17, 1993, which uncovered the following unconstitutional conditions: (1) inadequate on-site mental and medical health care; (2) inadequate suicide prevention measures; (3) inadequate supervision and staff training; and (4) deficient lighting, bedding and opportunities for exercise. The Hinds County Youth Detention Center was ordered to remedy the latter enumerated conditions according to an outline set forth by the Justice Department, stating the minimum procedures necessary. The letter warned that failure to comply would result in legal action against Hinds County.

The Justice Department noted, in finding inadequate supervision to exist, that a private lawsuit, Doe v. City of Jackson, had been filed alleging that juveniles had been sexually abused and raped by guards at the center.

We have no further information on steps the county took to address the problems.

Stacey Jensen - 05/17/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Jackson Hinds Youth Detention Center
Jackson, Mississippi
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
Findings Letter re: Jackson Hinds Youth Detention Center, Jackson, Mississippi 11/17/1993
JI-MS-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Haque, Ruma (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0002-0001
Scott, Leslie (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0002-0001
Other Lawyers Phillips, George L. (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0002-0001

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