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Case Name DOJ Investigation: Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center (Formerly the Santa Fe County Correctional Facility) JC-NM-0005
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In March of 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 Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center in ... read more >
In March of 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 Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at the Detention Center violated the constitutional rights of convicted inmates and pre-trial detainees. By letter dated March 6, 2003, the DOJ advised Santa Fe County of minimal remedial measures it should implement in order to remedy unconstitutional practices relating to: (1) medical and mental health care; (2) suicide prevention; (3) protection of inmates from harm; (4) fire safety; (5) sanitation; and (6) inmate grievance procedures (including court access).

Santa Fe County agreed to make the recommended reforms. To avoid litigation, the parties entered into a November 11, 2004 Memorandum of Agreement, which detailed the agreed reforms and set forth timetables for completion. By its terms, the Agreement was to last for a period of three years, after which it would expire if substantial compliance had been achieved.

On November 1, 2009, after a two year extension to compel Santa Fe County to meet the benchmarks in the agreement, the DOJ allowed the terms of the agreement to expire. According an article in the local paper, the DOJ is no longer monitoring the county.

Dan Dalton - 02/14/2008
Virginia Weeks - 11/01/2016


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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
Bathing and hygiene
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Sanitation / living conditions
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Hepatitis
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Tuberculosis
Vision care
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Sante Fe County
Plaintiff Description 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 Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2009
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center (Formerly the Santa Fe County Correctional Facility)
JC-NM-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/06/2003
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Memorandum of Agreement between the United States and Santa Fe County
JC-NM-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/01/2004
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Settlement Agreement
JC-NM-0005-0003.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 02/28/2008
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0003
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0001
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Dean, Kerry Krentler (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0003
England, Sheridan Leigh (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0003
Gomez, Larry (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0005-0003
Graybill, Lisa Shawn (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0003
Iglesias, David C. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0005-0001
Krentler, Kerry A. (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Masling, Mark S. (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Shoenberg, Dana (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Kopelman, Steven (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0005-0001
Philips, Grace (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0005-0002
Ross, Stephen C. (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0005-0002 | JC-NM-0005-0003
Other Lawyers Auerbach, Gerald (New Mexico)
JC-NM-0005-0001
Blackwell, Edith (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0001
Erlewine, Chris (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0001
Myers, William G. III (District of Columbia)
JC-NM-0005-0001

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