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Case Name U.S. v. Corinth City JC-MS-0008
Docket / Court 94CV311 ( N.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Corinth City, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the city jail. In September of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Mayor of Corinth City of its findings and made recommendations regarding medical ... read more >
In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Corinth City, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the city jail. In September of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Mayor of Corinth City of its findings and made recommendations regarding medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; staff training and security; classification; policies and procedures; sanitation, food service, and personal hygiene items; and exercise. Apparently after negotiation, the Attorney General filed an action under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. section 1997 et seq., against the jail in 1994. Two days later, the district court for the Northern District of Mississippi (Judge L.T. Senter, Jr.) approved a consent decree. The consent decree laid out steps the city must take to improve issues discussed in the DOJ's letter of findings and recommendations. According to the docket from PACER, the city continued to update the court with compliance reports until 1997 when the court granted a joint motion to dismiss.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
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.
Defendant(s) Corinth City Jail
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted 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 1994 - 1997
Case Closing Year 1997
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Written: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:94-cv-00311-LTS (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/08/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Corinth City Jail in Corinth, Mississippi
JC-MS-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/03/1993
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Corinth City Jail in Corinth, Mississippi
JC-MS-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/09/1993
Consent Decree (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/02/1994
Complaint
JC-MS-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/1994
Certificate of Attorney General
JC-MS-0008-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/1994
Letter
JC-MS-0008-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/08/1994
Judges Senter, Lyonel Thomas Jr. (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0008-0003 | JC-MS-0008-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldschmidt, Iris (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0005
Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0003 | JC-MS-0008-0004
Moreton, Alfred E. III (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0003 | JC-MS-0008-0004 | JC-MS-0008-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0003 | JC-MS-0008-0004
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0003 | JC-MS-0008-0004
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0004 | JC-MS-0008-0006
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0008-0001 | JC-MS-0008-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Odom, William W. Jr. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0008-0003 | JC-MS-0008-9000

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