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Case Name United States v. Miami Dade County JC-FL-0021
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-21570 ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates from the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail (MDRC), filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against officials from Miami-Dade County for alleged violation of the ... read more >
On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates from the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail (MDRC), filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against officials from Miami-Dade County for alleged violation of the inmates' Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The suit alleged that the defendants failed to provide suicide protection and mental health care to the inmates, causing the inmates to suffer serious harm.

On May 22, 2013, the Court (Judge William J. Zloch) entered a consent decree that revised the standard of medical care to be provided by the MDCR facilities and monitoring of the implementation of this care. The consent decree also included compliance with federal standards of mental health care and suicide prevention. The case was dismissed without prejudice.

The U.S. submitted a series of eight status reports regarding compliance between November 2013 and January 2017. The parties held status conferences with the court subsequent to each report. The reports found that the County was substantially not in compliance with the consent agreement. On December 7, 2014, the parties submitted the first revised summary action plan that itemized each compliance issue with specific dates. The dates of compliance spanned from May 11, 2015 to November 30, 2016. Monitoring continued in the interim. Compliance was not reached by the deadline and parties submitted a second revised summary action plan on May 18, 2016; it was approved on May 23, 2016. The dates in the second revised summary action plan spanned July 2016 to February 2017. A full compliance tour was scheduled for September 2017 but was rescheduled for December 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.

On January 11, 2017, Judge Zloch recused himself and the case was reassigned to Judge Beth Bloom. Status reports and conferences resumed in February and continued through May when Judge Bloom ordered the County to begin submitting monthly reports to the court due to its continued lack of compliance. The County continued submitting status reports monthly until February 2018.

On January 19, 2018, the independent monitor found that the County was still not in compliance. On February 9, 2018 Judge Bloom ordered the parties to write a new summary action plan with a final deadline by which the County would achieve full compliance with the settlement agreement or face sanctions. The parties submitted a new summary action plan on February 14, 2018. The Court ordered this third plan and the final compliance date was set to be April 16, 2018. If the County was not in compliance by that date, sanctions would be filed against them. The County continued to file monitoring reports, but was still not in compliance by the final deadline in the third settlement agreement. The United States filed sanctions against the county on April 30, 2018; the Court ordered these sanctions on May 4, 2018. Also on May 4, the court approved a fourth revised settlement agreement that set the final compliance date to be June 21, 2018. The United States decided not to pursue sanctions following this order on May 11, 2018.

Status reports continued throughout 2018 and early 2019 with the County making progress on the settlement agreement. On March 29, 2019, after the United States had moved for a stay on the compliance deadlines from the fourth summary action plan, the parties informed the court of a final action plan to achieve full compliance. They agreed to file a joint declaration when the County had achieved compliance with the final action plan and set the deadline for full compliance with the settlement agreement to be after the final monitoring tour of the County’s facilities on September 27-29, 2019, with the subsequent monitoring report and conference being completed by November 7, 2019. The parties filed this information in a joint declaration on June 16, 2019.

On November 7, 2019, a status conference was held but the County was still not in full compliance. The Court ordered the parties to develop a compliance timetable, which they submitted on November 12, 2019. The County continued to file monthly status reports, as per the compliance timetable, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties decided to reschedule the twelfth monitoring tour for October 12, 2020 tentatively, on April 2, 2020. Compliance efforts (monitoring reports submitted by the county and monthly conference calls between the parties) would continue in the meantime. Monthly reports have continued by the County, but no further progress has been made on the case as of April 15, 2020.

Meredith Osborne - 11/03/2013
Jessica Kincaid - 07/13/2014
Chelsea Rinnig - 02/14/2018
Christiana Johnson - 04/09/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Pepper/OC spray
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
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 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Miami Dade County
Miami Dade County
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates at Miami Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail facilities.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se 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 2013 - 2020
Filed 05/01/2013
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Date: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Faculty)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
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Docket(s)
1:13-cv-21570−WJZ (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/15/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Findings Letter Re: Investigation of Miami Dade County Jail
JC-FL-0021-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/24/2011
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Miami-Dade County Jail Settlement Agreement
JC-FL-0021-0005.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/30/2013
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-FL-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/01/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion to Enter Consent Agreement [ECF# 5, 5-1, 5-2]
JC-FL-0021-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/01/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Order Approving and Entering Consent Decree and Dismissing Case without Prejudice [ECF# 9] (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/22/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion for Entry of Stipulated Order [ECF# 25, 25-1, 25-2]
JC-FL-0021-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/17/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 84] (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order On Third Revised Summary Action Plan [ECF# 91] (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Third Revised Summary Action Plan [ECF# 91] (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report [ECF# 105]
JC-FL-0021-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Fourth Revised Summary Action Plan [ECF# 113] (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/04/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Declaration Regarding Action Steps to Achieve Compliance With the Consent Agreement [ECF# 171]
JC-FL-0021-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/19/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Transcript of Status Conference before the Honorable Beth Bloom [ECF# 181]
JC-FL-0021-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/07/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Bloom, Beth Francine (S.D. Fla.) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0006 | JC-FL-0021-0007 | JC-FL-0021-0009 | JC-FL-0021-0010 | JC-FL-0021-0011 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Zloch, William J. (S.D. Fla.) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0002 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Austin, Ron Anthony (Louisiana) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-0005
Bendor, Catherine (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0013 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Coon, Laura (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Cowall, Laura Coon (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0012
Ferrer, Wilfredo A (Florida) show/hide docs
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Gore, John M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0008
Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0013
Harrell-James, Veronica Vanessa (Florida) show/hide docs
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Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0001
Jansen, Regina (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0012 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Marks, Megan R (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Nair, Amar Shakti (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Wedekind, Jennifer A. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Cuevas, Robert Anthony Jr. (Florida) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0013
Hochstadt, Jennifer Laura (Florida) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-9000
Pastor, Bernard (Florida) show/hide docs
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Price-Williams, Abigail (Florida) show/hide docs
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Simon, Benjamin David (Florida) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Gimenez, Carlos E. (Florida) show/hide docs
JC-FL-0021-0005

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