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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Clio (AL) PC-AL-0007
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 27, 1995, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Governor of Alabama detailing their findings from the investigation in the Easterling Correctional Facility. The findings letter indicated that the prison was violating the constitutional rights of the inmates by denying them ... read more >
On March 27, 1995, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Governor of Alabama detailing their findings from the investigation in the Easterling Correctional Facility. The findings letter indicated that the prison was violating the constitutional rights of the inmates by denying them adequate medical care and subjecting them to inappropriate disciplinary practices. The letter indicated that in order to remedy the violations, the prison should provide inmates with regular physician evaluations and dental care, improve the sick call and pill call procedures, cease use of "the bar" and other forms of corporal punishment, and insure that all inmates have adequate clothing. The letter indicated that the Department of Justice would institute a lawsuit to correct the violations if necessary. We have no record of further correspondence between the Department of Justice and Alabama corrections officials and there is no record of a lawsuit, any settlement, or further action in the DOJ's annual CRIPA Report to Congress or on the relevant DOJ website (http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/split/). The Annual Report states that the investigation was closed in 2002.

Jaclyn Adams - 03/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
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. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Easterling Correctional Facility
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
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)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of the Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Alabama
PC-AL-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/29/1994
Report of Observations of James E. Murphy Corr. Consultant of the Easterling Correctional Facility
PC-AL-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/28/1994
Notice of Findings from Investigation of Easterling Correctional Facility (Alio, Alabama), inc. Review of Medical Care at Easterling Correctional Center June 1994
PC-AL-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/1995
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)
PC-AL-0007-0002
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
PC-AL-0007-0003
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
PC-AL-0007-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Redd, Andrew Weldon (Alabama)
PC-AL-0007-0002

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