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Case Name U.S. V. MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY. JC-KY-0021
Docket / Court 5:01-cv-17 ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 1999, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division opened an investigation of the McCracken County Regional Jail (the "Jail") in Paducah Kentucky. The Department issued its findings in 2000, and on January 19, 2001, the Department filed a complaint and settlement agreement concerning ... read more >
In 1999, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division opened an investigation of the McCracken County Regional Jail (the "Jail") in Paducah Kentucky. The Department issued its findings in 2000, and on January 19, 2001, the Department filed a complaint and settlement agreement concerning conditions of confinement at the jail. The investigation was undertaken pursuant to Department's authority under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. At the time of the settlement, the Jail was a 350-bed facility.

The settlement agreement required the defendants to make numerous improvements to inmate health and psychiatric care, covering: intake procedures, medication management, infection control and crisis intervention, inmate housing, safety, protection from harm, and environmental practices.

Following the 2001 agreement, the Department continued to monitor compliance with the settlement until October 20, 2011, when the case was closed because the Jail had achieved compliance with the settlement's provisions.

Chris Pollack - 04/14/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
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. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Kentucky
Plaintiff Description United States 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
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
Filing Year 2001
Case Ongoing No
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)
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Docket(s)
5:01-cv-17 (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/23/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Johnstone, Edward Huggins (W.D. Ky.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Wicker, Kent (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Boaz, Daniel York (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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