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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 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 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. The County continued submitting status reports monthly until February 2018.

On February 9, Judge Bloom ordered the parties to write a new settlement agreement with a final deadline by which the County would achieve full compliance with the settlement agreement or face sanctions. The parties submitted a new settlement agreement on February 14, 2018. As of then, the parties had not set a date for the final deadline.

Meredith Osborne - 11/03/2013
Jessica Kincaid - 07/13/2014
Chelsea Rinnig - 02/14/2018


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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
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 Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 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
Filing Year 2013
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:13-cv-21570−WJZ (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2018
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]
Consent Agreement [ECF# 5-2] (S.D. Fla.)
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]
Order [ECF# 84] (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bloom, Beth Francine (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0006
Zloch, William J. (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0021-0002 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Austin, Ron Anthony (Louisiana)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-0005
Bendor, Catherine (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-9000
Coon, Laura (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-0005 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Ferrer, Wilfredo A (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003
Harrell-James, Veronica Vanessa (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0005 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001
Jansen, Regina (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-0005 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Marks, Megan R (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-9000
Nair, Amar Shakti (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-9000
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0004
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-0001 | JC-FL-0021-0003 | JC-FL-0021-0005
Wedekind, Jennifer A. (District of Columbia)
JC-FL-0021-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Pastor, Bernard (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-0005 | JC-FL-0021-9000
Other Lawyers Gimenez, Carlos E. (Florida)
JC-FL-0021-0005

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