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Case Name U.S. v. Dooly County JC-GA-0011
Docket / Court 5:98-cv-00001-HL ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA enforceable consent decrees
Case Summary
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Dooly County of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Dooly County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding policies, procedures, ... read more >
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Dooly County of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Dooly County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding policies, procedures, and classification; staff training and supervision; exercise; medical and mental healthcare, dental care, and medication; jail renovation; fire safety; sanitation; food services; chemical handling and storage; and personal hygiene. Apparently after negotiation, the Attorney General filed an action under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. section 1997 et seq., against the jail in 1997. Seven days later, the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Judge Hugh Lawson) issued a consent decree. The consent decree laid out steps the county must take to improve issues discussed in the DOJ's letter of findings and recommendations. According to the docket from PACER, defendant continued to give quarterly compliance reports to the court through 2001, and in June of that year the court granted a stipulation of dismissal.

Lauren Cutson - 05/22/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Dooly County 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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1998 - 2001
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
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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)
98-cv-00001-HL (M.D. Ga.) 06/29/2001
JC-GA-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Dooly County Jail 06/01/1995
JC-GA-0011-0001 PDF | Detail
Dooly County Jail Policies and Procedures Manual 02/14/1996
JC-GA-0011-0006 PDF | Detail
Exhibit B -- Price Quotation 02/14/1996
JC-GA-0011-0007 PDF | Detail
Exhibit C -- Suicide Prevention Plan 02/14/1996
JC-GA-0011-0008 PDF | Detail
Certificate of the Attorney General 12/18/1997
JC-GA-0011-0009 PDF | Detail
Complaint 01/05/1998
JC-GA-0011-0002 PDF | Detail
Certificate of Service 01/05/1998
JC-GA-0011-0005 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/12/1998 (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0011-0003 PDF | Detail
Order 01/12/1998 (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0011-0004 PDF | Detail
Judges Lawson, Hugh (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0011-0004 | JC-GA-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aderhold, Hugh Randolph Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0011-0005
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0003
Cheng, Christopher N. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Martin, Beverly Baldwin (Georgia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003 | JC-GA-0011-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0001
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0009
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Davis, John N. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0011-0003 | JC-GA-0011-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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