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Case Name DOJ Investigation of LeFlore County Juvenile Detention Center JI-MS-0011
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 14, 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division began an investigation of conditions at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center ("LCJDC") in Greenwood, Mississippi pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and the Violent Crime ... read more >
On August 14, 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division began an investigation of conditions at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center ("LCJDC") in Greenwood, Mississippi pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On March 31, 2011, the DOJ issued an investigative findings letter concluding that conditions at LCJDC violated the constitutional and federal statutory rights of the youth confined there. The United States concluded that youth confined to LCJDC are: (1) exposed to excessive physical restraint and isolation as a means of discipline; (2) given inadequate educational opportunities; and (3) exposed to great risk of harm from inadequate mental health care, including inadequate screening, monitoring and treatment of suicidal youth. The letter noted that the DOJ hoped to work with the County to reach an amicable and cooperative resolution, otherwise a lawsuit may be initiated.

As of November 18, 2014, there has not been a case filed and there is no further information available.

Richard Jolly - 11/18/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Education
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Restraints : physical
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual/Developmental Disability
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Leflore County
Plaintiff Description Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation of conditions at Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Links What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings Letter (2011)
JI-MS-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/31/2011
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JI-MS-0011-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 05/12/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement Between the United States and LeFlore County, Mississippi [ECF# 3-1]
JI-MS-0011-0003.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 05/13/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Joint Motion for Entry of Settlement Agreement [ECF# 9] (N.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0011-0004.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 06/18/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Re: Investigation of Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at Leflore County, Mississippi, Juvenile Detention Center
JI-MS-0011-0005.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/12/2016
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges Biggers, Neal Brooks Jr. Court not on record
JI-MS-0011-0004
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adams, Felicia C. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003
Coe, Cynthia (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003
Dean, Ralph M. III (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003
Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003 | JI-MS-0011-0005
Jackson, Shelley (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003
Kappelhoff, Mark (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003
Preston, Judy C. (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0011-0002 | JI-MS-0011-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Chiles, Joyce I. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0011-0003
Other Lawyers Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JI-MS-0011-0001

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