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Case Name DOJ Investigation of LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma JC-OK-0004
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In November 2002, 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 LeFlore County Jail ("Jail") in Poteau, ... read more >
In November 2002, 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 LeFlore County Jail ("Jail") in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at the Jail violated the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees and convicted inmates. On April 17, 2003, the DOJ issued a letter advising LeFlore County of minimum reform measures it should implement in order to remedy the unconstitutional practices. The suggested reforms related to the areas of: (1) medical and mental health care; (2) protection of inmates from harm; (3) environmental health and safety; (4) fire safety; (5) opportunities to exercise; and (6) access to the courts.

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Dan Dalton - 02/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Protective custody
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Hepatitis
HIV/AIDS
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
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) LeFlore 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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  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 LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma 04/17/2003
JC-OK-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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