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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Patrick County Jail, VA JC-VA-0009
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In December 2001, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Patrick County Jail in Stuart, Virginia.
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In December 2001, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Patrick County Jail in Stuart, Virginia.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at the Jail violated the constitutional rights of convicted inmates and pre-trial detainees. On March 6, 2003, the DOJ issued a letter advising Patrick County of minimum remedial measures it should implement in order to remedy the constitutional deficiencies. Suggested reforms related to the areas of: security and protection from harm, access to medical and mental health care, environmental health and safety, access to exercise, and access to the courts.

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Dan Dalton - 02/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Fire safety
Good time
Grievance Procedures
Language/ethnic/minority needs
Library (non-law) access
Personal injury
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Tuberculosis
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) Patrick County
Plaintiff Description U.S. 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
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
Re: Investigation of Patrick County Jail Stuart, Virginia 03/06/2003
JC-VA-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-VA-0009-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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