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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Georgia Department of Corrections re: LGBT Treatment PC-GA-0019
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On February 5, 2016, the DOJ notified the Attorney General of Georgia of its investigation into the treatment of transgender and gay prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections. The DOJ's Civil Rights Division was partnering with the three U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Georgia ... read more >
On February 5, 2016, the DOJ notified the Attorney General of Georgia of its investigation into the treatment of transgender and gay prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections. The DOJ's Civil Rights Division was partnering with the three U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Georgia to conduct the investigation. The investigation focused on whether Georgia adequately protects transgender and gay prisoners from sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and assault by both staff and other prisoners.

Several news sources, including the Georgia Voice and Advocate, published articles in 2016 regarding the investigation. As is explained in a Georgia Voice article from February 2016, the initiation of the investigation followed the high profile suit brought by a former transgender prisoner, Ashley Diamond. At the time the article was published, the investigation was in the fact-finding stage.

As of April 12, 2017, the investigation is ongoing according the DOJ's website. The DOJ has not posted the notice letter or any subsequent information or any findings.

Julie Singer - 04/12/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sexual orientatation
General
Conditions of confinement
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Georgia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Date: Jun. 4, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
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