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Case Name U.S. v. Dooly County JC-GA-0011
Docket / Court 5:98-cv-00001-HL ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Post-PLRA enforceable consent decrees
Case Summary
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Dooly County of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Dooly County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding policies, procedures, ... read more >
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Dooly County of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Dooly County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding policies, procedures, and classification; staff training and supervision; exercise; medical and mental healthcare, dental care, and medication; jail renovation; fire safety; sanitation; food services; chemical handling and storage; and personal hygiene. 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 1997. Seven days later, the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Judge Hugh Lawson) issued a consent decree. The consent decree laid out steps the county must take to improve issues discussed in the DOJ's letter of findings and recommendations. According to the docket from PACER, defendant continued to give quarterly compliance reports to the court through 2001, and in June of that year the court granted a stipulation of dismissal.

Lauren Cutson - 05/22/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Dooly County 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 1998 - 2001
Case Closing 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)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
98-cv-00001-HL (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/29/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Dooly County Jail
JC-GA-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/01/1995
Dooly County Jail Policies and Procedures Manual
JC-GA-0011-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/1996
Exhibit B - Price Quotation
JC-GA-0011-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/1996
Exhibit C - Suicide Prevention Plan
JC-GA-0011-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/1996
Certificate of the Attorney General
JC-GA-0011-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/18/1997
Complaint
JC-GA-0011-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/05/1998
Certificate of Service
JC-GA-0011-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/05/1998
Consent Decree (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0011-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/1998
Order (M.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0011-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/1998
Judges Lawson, Hugh Court not on record
JC-GA-0011-0004 | JC-GA-0011-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aderhold, Hugh Randolph Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0011-0005
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0003
Cheng, Christopher N. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Martin, Beverly Baldwin (Georgia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003 | JC-GA-0011-9000
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0001
Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0009
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
JC-GA-0011-0002 | JC-GA-0011-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Davis, John N. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0011-0003 | JC-GA-0011-9000

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