Case: U.S. v. Grenada County

3:94-cv-00172 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

Filed Date: Nov. 14, 1994

Closed Date: 1995

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Case Summary

On July 19, 1993, the United States Department of Justice instituted an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, of the conditions of the Grenada County Jail in Grenada, Mississippi. The government released its negative findings to the Jail on October 18, 1993, finding that both pretrial and sentenced inmates of the Jail were subjected to conditions that violated their due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. Specifically the…

On July 19, 1993, the United States Department of Justice instituted an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, of the conditions of the Grenada County Jail in Grenada, Mississippi. The government released its negative findings to the Jail on October 18, 1993, finding that both pretrial and sentenced inmates of the Jail were subjected to conditions that violated their due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. Specifically the government found that 1) security and supervision at the Jail were inadequate, 2) medical and mental health care and suicide prevention were seriously deficient, and 3) there were serious environmental health and safety deficiencies at the Jail. The government recommended subsequent remedial measures.

According to the docket, for nearly ten months, there was no procedural history. In August 1994, the parties filed a consent decree in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, setting forth provisions for a new jail facility that would implement the remedial measures recommended by the government. On November 14, the government filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1997 in the Court alleging the violations found in the CRIPA investigation mentioned above, and prayed for permanent injunctive relief. Also in November, the parties submitted both the consent decree and the complaint to the Court seeking orders of the Court. The Court (Judge Neal B. Biggers, Jr.) signed off on the consent decree on November 17, 1994. The case was subsequently reassigned to Magistrate Judge S.A. Alexander and closed on May 3, 1995.

Summary Authors

Rebecca Bloch (3/15/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Biggers, Neal Brooks Jr. (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Goldschmidt, Iris (District of Columbia)

Moreton, Alfred E. III (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Payne, Timothy R. (District of Columbia)

Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Pigott, Bradley (Mississippi)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gore, Jay Jr. (Mississippi)

Judge(s)

Biggers, Neal Brooks Jr. (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Goldschmidt, Iris (District of Columbia)

Moreton, Alfred E. III (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Payne, Timothy R. (District of Columbia)

Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Pigott, Bradley (Mississippi)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gore, Jay Jr. (Mississippi)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:94-cv-00172

Docket [PACER]

June 6, 2001

June 6, 2001

Docket

Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Grenada County Jail in Grenada, Mississippi

No Court

July 19, 1993

July 19, 1993

Notice Letter

Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Grenada County Jail

No Court

Oct. 18, 1993

Oct. 18, 1993

Findings Letter/Report
2

3:94-cv-00172

Consent Decree

Oct. 31, 1994

Oct. 31, 1994

Order/Opinion

3:94-cv-00172

Correspondence re: United States v. Grenada County

Nov. 8, 1994

Nov. 8, 1994

Correspondence
1

3:94-cv-00172

Complaint

Nov. 14, 1994

Nov. 14, 1994

Complaint

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 12, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT for violation of inmate civil rights (tab) (Entered: 11/15/1994)

Nov. 14, 1994

Nov. 14, 1994

NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. and Magistrate Judge Jerry A. Davis (tab) (Entered: 11/15/1994)

Nov. 14, 1994

Nov. 14, 1994

2

CONSENT DECREE (signed by Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. on 11/17/94) (tab) (Entered: 11/18/1994)

Nov. 17, 1994

Nov. 17, 1994

**Magistrate Reassigned to Magistrate Judge S. A. Alexander (admin)

Nov. 22, 1994

Nov. 22, 1994

Case closed (tab)

May 3, 1995

May 3, 1995

File Sent to FRC - temporary. (nfs)

June 6, 2001

June 6, 2001

Case Details

State / Territory: Mississippi

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 14, 1994

Closing Date: 1995

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United State Department of Justice

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

Grenada County Jail (Grenada, Grenada), 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

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: 1994 - 1995

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Disciplinary procedures

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run