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Case Name DOJ Investigation: Wicomico County Detention Center Salisbury, MD JC-MD-0009
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In October 2000, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), 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 Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury, ... read more >
In October 2000, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), 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 Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at the Detention Center violated the constitutional rights of convicted inmates, pre-trial detainees and Immigration and Naturalization Service ("INS") detainees. Specifically, the DOJ found deficiencies in the following areas: (1) medical care (specifically chronic care, access to medical care for inmates and detainees in segregation, and tuberculosis screening); (2) mental health care, (specifically mental health treatment and medication distribution); (3) inmate and detainee safety; (4) environmental health and safety; and (5) overcrowding.

On September 9, 2002, the DOJ issued a letter advising Wicomico County of minimum measures it should implement in order to remedy the constitutional violations. Wicomico County agreed to the suggested reforms and, in July of 2004, entered into a Settlement Agreement with the DOJ. The Agreement set forth specific reforms and improvements to be implemented in several areas, including the areas of (1) medical and mental health care, (2) use of force, (3) security staffing and training, (4) inmate classification, (5) food service, (6) sanitation and maintenance of the physical plant, and (7) personal hygiene and laundry service. By its terms, the Agreement was to last for two years, during which time Wicomico County would make periodic progress reports to the DOJ.

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 02/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Restraints : chemical
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
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) Wicomico County Detention Center
Plaintiff Description 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
[ 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: Wicomico County Detention Center 09/09/2002
JC-MD-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement Between the U.S. Department of Justice and Wicomico County, Maryland Regarding the Wicomico County Detention Center 07/16/2004
JC-MD-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0002
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0001
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0002
Dibiagio, Thomas M. (Maryland)
JC-MD-0009-0001 | JC-MD-0009-0002
Frazier, Michael D. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0002
Henderson, John A. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0002
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0002
Subramanian, Sandhya L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Baker, Edgar A. Jr. (Maryland)
JC-MD-0009-0001 | JC-MD-0009-0002
Other Lawyers Cooper, Owen B. (District of Columbia)
JC-MD-0009-0001

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