Case: United States v. Miami Dade County

1:13-cv-21570 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Filed Date: May 1, 2013

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates from the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail (MDRC), filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against officials from Miami-Dade County for alleged violation of the inmates' Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The suit alleged that the defendants failed to provide suicide protection and mental health care to the inmates, causing the inmates to suffer serious …

On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates from the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail (MDRC), filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against officials from Miami-Dade County for alleged violation of the inmates' Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The suit alleged that the defendants failed to provide suicide protection and mental health care to the inmates, causing the inmates to suffer serious harm.

On May 22, 2013, the Court (Judge William J. Zloch) entered a consent decree that revised the standard of medical care to be provided by the MDCR facilities and monitoring of the implementation of this care. The consent decree also included compliance with federal standards of mental health care and suicide prevention. The case was dismissed without prejudice.

The U.S. submitted a series of eight status reports regarding compliance between November 2013 and January 2017. The parties held status conferences with the court subsequent to each report. The reports found that the County was substantially not in compliance with the consent agreement. On December 7, 2014, the parties submitted the first revised summary action plan that itemized each compliance issue with specific dates. The dates of compliance spanned from May 11, 2015 to November 30, 2016. Monitoring continued in the interim. Compliance was not reached by the deadline and parties submitted a second revised summary action plan on May 18, 2016; it was approved on May 23, 2016. The dates in the second revised summary action plan spanned July 2016 to February 2017. A full compliance tour was scheduled for September 2017 but was rescheduled for December 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.

On January 11, 2017, Judge Zloch recused himself and the case was reassigned to Judge Beth Bloom. Status reports and conferences resumed in February and continued through May when Judge Bloom ordered the County to begin submitting monthly reports to the court due to its continued lack of compliance. The County continued submitting status reports monthly until February 2018.

On January 19, 2018, the independent monitor found that the County was still not in compliance. On February 9, 2018 Judge Bloom ordered the parties to write a new summary action plan with a final deadline by which the County would achieve full compliance with the settlement agreement or face sanctions. The parties submitted a new summary action plan on February 14, 2018. The Court ordered this third plan and the final compliance date was set to be April 16, 2018. If the County was not in compliance by that date, sanctions would be filed against them. The County continued to file monitoring reports, but was still not in compliance by the final deadline in the third settlement agreement. The United States filed sanctions against the county on April 30, 2018; the Court ordered these sanctions on May 4, 2018. Also on May 4, the court approved a fourth revised settlement agreement that set the final compliance date to be June 21, 2018. The United States decided not to pursue sanctions following this order on May 11, 2018.

Status reports continued throughout 2018 and early 2019 with the County making progress on the settlement agreement. On March 29, 2019, after the United States had moved for a stay on the compliance deadlines from the fourth summary action plan, the parties informed the court of a final action plan to achieve full compliance. They agreed to file a joint declaration when the County had achieved compliance with the final action plan and set the deadline for full compliance with the settlement agreement to be after the final monitoring tour of the County’s facilities on September 27-29, 2019, with the subsequent monitoring report and conference being completed by November 7, 2019. The parties filed this information in a joint declaration on June 16, 2019.

On November 7, 2019, a status conference was held but the County was still not in full compliance. The Court ordered the parties to develop a compliance timetable, which they submitted on November 12, 2019. The County continued to file monthly status reports, as per the compliance timetable, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties decided to reschedule the twelfth monitoring tour for October 12, 2020 tentatively, on April 2, 2020. Compliance efforts (monitoring reports submitted by the county and monthly conference calls between the parties) would continue in the meantime. Monthly reports have continued by the County, but no further progress has been made on the case as of April 15, 2020.

Summary Authors

Meredith Osborne (11/3/2013)

Jessica Kincaid (7/13/2014)

Chelsea Rinnig (2/14/2018)

Christiana Johnson (4/9/2020)

People

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Judge(s)

Bloom, Beth Francine (Florida)

Zloch, William J. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Austin, Ron Anthony (Louisiana)

Bendor, Catherine (District of Columbia)

Coon, Laura (District of Columbia)

Cowall, Laura Coon (District of Columbia)

Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)

Ferrer, Wilfredo A (Florida)

Gore, John M. (District of Columbia)

Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Bloom, Beth Francine (Florida)

Zloch, William J. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Austin, Ron Anthony (Louisiana)

Bendor, Catherine (District of Columbia)

Coon, Laura (District of Columbia)

Cowall, Laura Coon (District of Columbia)

Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)

Ferrer, Wilfredo A (Florida)

Gore, John M. (District of Columbia)

Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia)

Harrell-James, Veronica Vanessa (Florida)

Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Jansen, Regina (District of Columbia)

Maddox, William G. (District of Columbia)

Marks, Megan R (District of Columbia)

Nair, Amar Shakti (District of Columbia)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Wedekind, Jennifer A. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cuevas, Robert Anthony Jr. (Florida)

Hochstadt, Jennifer Laura (Florida)

Pastor, Bernard (Florida)

Price-Williams, Abigail (Florida)

Simon, Benjamin David (Florida)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Gimenez, Carlos E. (Florida)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:13-cv-21570

Docket [PACER]

United States of America v. Miami-Dade County

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Docket

Findings Letter Re: Investigation of Miami Dade County Jail

No Court

Aug. 24, 2011

Aug. 24, 2011

Findings Letter/Report

1:13-cv-21570

Miami-Dade County Jail Settlement Agreement

United States of America v. Miami-Dade County

April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

Settlement Agreement
1

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Complaint

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

Complaint
5, 5-1, 5-2

1:13-cv-21570

Joint Motion to Enter Consent Agreement

United States v. Miami-Dade County

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

Pleading / Motion / Brief
9

1:13-cv-21570

Final Order Approving and Entering Consent Decree and Dismissing Case without Prejudice

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Order/Opinion
25, 25-1, 25-2

1:13-cv-21570

Joint Motion for Entry of Stipulated Order

United States v. Miami-Dade County

Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

Pleading / Motion / Brief
84

1:13-cv-21570

Order

United States of America v. Miami-Dade County

Feb. 9, 2018

Feb. 9, 2018

Order/Opinion
91

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Order On Third Revised Summary Action Plan

United States of America v. Miami-Dade County

March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018

Order/Opinion
91

1:13-cv-21570

Order on Third Revised Summary Action Plan

United States of America v. Miami-Dade County

March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6294154/united-states-v-miami-dade-county-the-board-of-county-commissioners/

Last updated Aug. 2, 2022, 3:14 a.m.

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Complaint

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Certification

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3 Exhibit Joint Motion for Entry of Consent Order

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4 Exhibit Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Entry of Consent Order

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5 Text of Proposed Order Consent Agreement/Order

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May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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1

Complaint

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Certification

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3 Exhibit Joint Motion for Entry of Consent Order

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4 Exhibit Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Entry of Consent Order

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5 Text of Proposed Order Consent Agreement/Order

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May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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1

Complaint

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Certification

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3 Exhibit Joint Motion for Entry of Consent Order

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4 Exhibit Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Entry of Consent Order

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5 Text of Proposed Order Consent Agreement/Order

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May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

PACER
4

Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

RECAP
2

Judge Assignment to Judge William J. Zloch (ail) (Entered: 05/01/2013)

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

4

Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

RECAP
4

Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

RECAP
3

Clerks Notice to Filer re: Electronic Case. Parties Not Added. The Filer failed to add all parties associated with the case.Filer is instructed to add the additional parties by filing a Notice of Entry of Parties. It is not necessary to re−file this document. (ail) (Entered: 05/01/2013)

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

5

Motion for Settlement

1 Memorandum Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Entry of Consent Agreement

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2 Text of Proposed Order Consent Agreement/Order

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May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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5

Motion for Settlement

1 Memorandum Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Entry of Consent Agreement

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2 Text of Proposed Order Consent Agreement/Order

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May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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5

Motion for Settlement

1 Memorandum Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Entry of Consent Agreement

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2 Text of Proposed Order Consent Agreement/Order

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May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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8

Order Dismissing Case

May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

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8

Order Dismissing Case

May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

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8

Order Dismissing Case

May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

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9

Order Dismissing Case

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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9

Order Dismissing Case

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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9

Order Dismissing Case

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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6

Clerks Notice to Filer re 4 Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF. Parties Not Added ; ERROR − The Filer failed to add all parties. Filer is instructed to add the additional parties by filing a Notice of Entry of Parties. (tp) (Entered: 05/02/2013)

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

10

Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

PACER
10

Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

PACER
10

Notice of Entry of Parties Listed into CM/ECF

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

PACER
11

Status Report

Nov. 5, 2013

Nov. 5, 2013

PACER
7

Clerks Notice to Filer re 5 Joint Motion to Enter Consent Agreement. Wrong Event Selected − Document is a Motion ; ERROR − The Filer selected the wrong event. A motion event must always be selected when filing a motion. The correction was made by the Clerk. It is not necessary to refile this document. (tp) (Entered: 05/02/2013)

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

11

Status Report

Nov. 5, 2013

Nov. 5, 2013

PACER
11

Status Report

Nov. 5, 2013

Nov. 5, 2013

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12

Report Regarding

1 Supplement Pages 101-219

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May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

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12

Report Regarding

1 Supplement Pages 101-219

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May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

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12

Report Regarding

1 Supplement Pages 101-219

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May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

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13

Motion for Hearing

July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

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13

Motion for Hearing

July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

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13

Motion for Hearing

July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

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14

Order on Motion for Hearing

July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

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14

Order on Motion for Hearing

July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

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14

Order on Motion for Hearing

July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

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15

Notice of Attorney Appearance

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

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15

Notice of Attorney Appearance

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

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15

Notice of Attorney Appearance

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

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16

Notice of Attorney Appearance

Oct. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

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16

Notice of Attorney Appearance

Oct. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

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16

Notice of Attorney Appearance

Oct. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

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17

Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Oct. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

PACER
17

Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Oct. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

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17

Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Oct. 16, 2014

Oct. 16, 2014

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19

Status Conference

Oct. 21, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014

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19

Status Conference

Oct. 21, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014

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19

Status Conference

Oct. 21, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014

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20

Transcript

Oct. 31, 2014

Oct. 31, 2014

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20

Transcript

Oct. 31, 2014

Oct. 31, 2014

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20

Transcript

Oct. 31, 2014

Oct. 31, 2014

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21

Status Conference

Nov. 17, 2014

Nov. 17, 2014

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21

Status Conference

Nov. 17, 2014

Nov. 17, 2014

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21

Status Conference

Nov. 17, 2014

Nov. 17, 2014

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22

Report Regarding

Dec. 1, 2014

Dec. 1, 2014

PACER
22

Report Regarding

Dec. 1, 2014

Dec. 1, 2014

PACER
22

Report Regarding

Dec. 1, 2014

Dec. 1, 2014

PACER
23

Motion to Bring Electronic Equipment

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

PACER
23

Motion to Bring Electronic Equipment

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

PACER
18

PAPERLESS ORDER granting 17 Motion for Leave to Appear by Telephone at Status Conference. Signed by Judge William J. Zloch on 10/17/2014. (bc) (Entered: 10/17/2014)

Oct. 17, 2014

Oct. 17, 2014

23

Motion to Bring Electronic Equipment

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

PACER
24

Notice (Other)

1 Exhibit

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

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24

Notice (Other)

1 Exhibit

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

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24

Notice (Other)

1 Exhibit

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

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25

Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order

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2 Exhibit Defendants' Summary Action Plan

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

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25

Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order

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2 Exhibit Defendants' Summary Action Plan

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

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25

Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order

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2 Exhibit Defendants' Summary Action Plan

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Dec. 17, 2014

Dec. 17, 2014

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26

Order on Motion to Bring Electronic Equipment

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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26

Order on Motion to Bring Electronic Equipment

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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26

Order on Motion to Bring Electronic Equipment

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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27

Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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27

Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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27

Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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28

Order Setting Status Conference

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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28

Order Setting Status Conference

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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28

Order Setting Status Conference

Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18, 2014

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29

Status Conference

Jan. 27, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015

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29

Status Conference

Jan. 27, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015

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29

Status Conference

Jan. 27, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015

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30

Motion for Hearing

June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

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30

Motion for Hearing

June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

PACER
30

Motion for Hearing

June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

PACER
31

Order on Motion for Hearing

June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

PACER
31

Order on Motion for Hearing

June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

PACER
31

Order on Motion for Hearing

June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015

PACER
32

Report Regarding

July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

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32

Report Regarding

July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

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32

Report Regarding

July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

PACER
33

Notice of Attorney Appearance

July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

PACER
33

Notice of Attorney Appearance

July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

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33

Notice of Attorney Appearance

July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

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34

Status Conference

July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015

PACER
34

Status Conference

July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015

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34

Status Conference

July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015

PACER
35

Transcript

Aug. 28, 2015

Aug. 28, 2015

PACER
35

Transcript

Aug. 28, 2015

Aug. 28, 2015

PACER
35

Transcript

Aug. 28, 2015

Aug. 28, 2015

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36

Motion for Hearing

Jan. 27, 2016

Jan. 27, 2016

PACER
36

Motion for Hearing

Jan. 27, 2016

Jan. 27, 2016

PACER
36

Motion for Hearing

Jan. 27, 2016

Jan. 27, 2016

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37

Order on Motion for Hearing

Jan. 29, 2016

Jan. 29, 2016

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37

Order on Motion for Hearing

Jan. 29, 2016

Jan. 29, 2016

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Case Details

State / Territory: Florida

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 1, 2013

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of inmates at Miami Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Jail facilities.

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Miami Dade County (Miami-Dade), County

Miami Dade County (Miami-Dade), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

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: 2013 - 2020

Content of Injunction:

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Monitoring

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Issues

General:

Conditions of confinement

Pepper/OC spray

Suicide prevention

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run