Case: U.S. v. Jackson Parish

3:79-00003 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Jan. 3, 1979

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Case Summary

On January 3, 1979, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under 28 U.S.C. § 1345 against the Jackson Parish Jail in Louisiana in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Previously, in 1978, the Justice Department had approved of suit being filed to desegregate the Natchitoches Parish Jail in Louisiana. An internal Justice Department memo (written by then Assistant Attorney General Drew Days) in 1978 indicated that four other desegretation claims, including …

On January 3, 1979, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under 28 U.S.C. § 1345 against the Jackson Parish Jail in Louisiana in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Previously, in 1978, the Justice Department had approved of suit being filed to desegregate the Natchitoches Parish Jail in Louisiana. An internal Justice Department memo (written by then Assistant Attorney General Drew Days) in 1978 indicated that four other desegretation claims, including those to desegregate the jails in Jackson, Union, Webster and Bienvielle County Parishes, were substantially similar in nature. The memo noted that in all of these cases, the racial segregation was clear, and in most cases, admitted by jail officials.

On January 8, 1979, the district court approved a consent decree. We do not have a copy of the decree. The docket further references a motion and response concerning a plan for prisoner classification in April and May of 1979. We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (9/9/2006)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Days, Drew S. III (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Allen, Frances O. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Days, Drew S. III (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Allen, Frances O. (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:79-00003

Docket

July 31, 1997

July 31, 1997

Docket

Memorandum for the Attorney General

No Court

Aug. 8, 1978

Aug. 8, 1978

Other

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 3, 1979

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Jackson Parish Jail (Jackson), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1979 - 0

Issues

General:

Racial segregation

Totality of conditions

Type of Facility:

Government-run