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Case Name U.S. v. Sunflower County JC-MS-0016
Docket / Court 95-CV-122 ( N.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1993, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Sunflower County of the Department's intention to investigate conditions at the County Jail in Indianola, Mississippi. The DOJ submitted findings as to problems and minimal remediation in 1993. Apparently after ... read more >
In 1993, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Sunflower County of the Department's intention to investigate conditions at the County Jail in Indianola, Mississippi. The DOJ submitted findings as to problems and minimal remediation in 1993. 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 1995. Six days later the District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (Judge Neal Biggers) entered a consent decree. The consent order laid out steps the county must take to improve virtually every aspect of the old jail and to ensure that the conditions of the new jail facility were adequate. In addition, the defendants agreed to submit quarterly status reports to the court.

On September 2007, the parties stipulated to continued enforcement of the consent order. This enforcement was continued through join agreement in 2010.

In September, 2014, the parties entered a joint motion to terminate the consent order and dismiss the case with prejudice.

Kristen Sagar - 06/05/2007
Michael Abrams - 10/19/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Administrative segregation
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Law library access
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
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) Sunflower County Jail
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 1995 - 2014
Case Closing Year 2014
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)
4:95-cv-00122-NBB (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/03/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Sunflower County Jail in Indianola, Mississippi
JC-MS-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/03/1993
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Sunflower County Jail in Indianola, Mississippi
JC-MS-0016-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/17/1993
Consent Order (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/1995
Second Stipulation Amending Consent Order (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/12/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Agreement to Extend Second Stipulation and Consent Decree (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/15/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Biggers, Neal Brooks Jr. (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-0004 | JC-MS-0016-0005 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Pepper, W. Allen Jr. (N.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0004
Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-0004
Dominguez, Silvia Judith (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0005 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Greenlee, Jim M. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0016-0004 | JC-MS-0016-0005
Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0005
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0004
Moreton, Alfred E. III (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0003
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0005
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0005
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JC-MS-0016-0001 | JC-MS-0016-0002
Defendant's Lawyers McWilliams, John Holmes (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-0004 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Ready, William E. (Mississippi)
JC-MS-0016-0003 | JC-MS-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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