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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Mitchell County (GA) JC-GA-0004
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Mitchell County, Georgia that it intended to investigate conditions in the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Mitchell County Commission of its findings and made ... read more >
In 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Mitchell County, Georgia that it intended to investigate conditions in the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Mitchell County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding staffing and supervision, grievance procedures, exercise, visitation, access to reading materials, medical and mental healthcare, dental care, suicide prevention, general sanitation, fire safety, plumbing, ventilation, overcrowding, personal hygiene, food services, and lighting. It appears that the Attorney General did not file suit against the jail, so there was never a court proceeding.

Lauren Cutson - 05/20/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Library (non-law) access
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
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. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Mitchell County 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 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 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)
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  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
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Mitchell County Jail 06/01/1995
JC-GA-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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