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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Garfield County Jail and Garfield County Work Center, Enid, Oklahoma JC-OK-0003
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In June 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Garfield County Jail ("Jail") and Garfield ... read more >
In June 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Garfield County Jail ("Jail") and Garfield County Work Center ("Work Center") in Enid, Oklahoma.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at the Jail and Work Center violated the constitutional rights of convicted inmates and pre-trial detainees. By letter dated April 17, 2003, the DOJ advised Garfield County of minimum reform measures it should implement in order to remedy the constitutional inadequacies. The suggested reforms related to the areas of: (1) medical and mental health care; (2) protection of inmates from harm; (3) environmental health and safety; (4) fire safety; (5) opportunities to exercise; and (6) access to the courts.

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 02/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Protective custody
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
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. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Garfield County
Garfield County Work Center
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: Investigation of Garfield County Jail and Garfield County Work Center, Enid, Oklahoma
JC-OK-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/17/2003
Memorandum of Agreement Regarding The Garfield County Jail
JC-OK-0003-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/30/2008
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0003-0002
Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0003-0002
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0003-0001
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0003-0002
Delaney, Joshua (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0003-0002
Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)
JC-OK-0003-0002

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