Case: U.S. v. Scott County

3:94-cv-00566 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Filed Date: Aug. 20, 1994

Closed Date: Sept. 8, 1999

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Case Summary

In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Scott County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In October of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Scott County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding security and supervision; medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; sanitation; food service; exercise; and access to legal materials. Apparently after negotiation, the At…

In May of 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Scott County, Mississippi of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In October of 1993, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the President of the Scott County Board of Supervisors of its findings and made recommendations regarding security and supervision; medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; sanitation; food service; exercise; and access to legal materials. Apparently after negotiation, the Attorney General filed an action under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. section 1997 et seq., against the jail in 1994. Shortly thereafter, the district court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Judge Henry T. Wingate) approved a consent decree. The consent decree laid out steps the county must take to improve issues discussed in the DOJ's letter of findings and recommendations. According to the docket on PACER, the county submitted status reports to the court until 1996, and in 1999, the court granted the joint motion to terminate the consent order and dismiss the action.

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/25/2005)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/9787214/parties/united-states-v-scott-county/


Judge(s)

Wingate, Henry Travillion (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Goldschmidt, Iris (District of Columbia)

Lynn, Daniel E. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

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

Phillips, George L. (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lee, Roy Noble Jr. (Mississippi)

Judge(s)

Wingate, Henry Travillion (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Goldschmidt, Iris (District of Columbia)

Lynn, Daniel E. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

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

Phillips, George L. (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lee, Roy Noble Jr. (Mississippi)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Sept. 8, 1999 Docket

Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Scott County Jail, Forest , Mississipi

No Court

May 3, 1993 Notice Letter

Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Scott County Jail, Forest , Mississipi

No Court

Oct. 8, 1993 Findings Letter/Report

Complaint

Aug. 20, 1994 Complaint

Certificate of Attorney General

No Court

Aug. 20, 1994 Declaration/Affidavit
2

Consent Order

Sept. 19, 1994 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/9787214/united-states-v-scott-county/

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link

Add and Terminate Judges

Sept. 19, 1994 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

Sept. 19, 1994 PACER
1

Complaint

Sept. 19, 1994 PACER
2

Consent Judgment

Sept. 19, 1994 PACER
3

Remark

Nov. 18, 1994 PACER
4

Remark

March 3, 1995 PACER
5

Remark

June 19, 1995 PACER
6

Remark

Oct. 10, 1995 PACER
7

Status Report

Sept. 9, 1996 PACER
8

Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Aug. 27, 1999 PACER
9

Order

Sept. 8, 1999 PACER

State / Territory: Mississippi

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 20, 1994

Closing Date: Sept. 8, 1999

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Scott County Jail (Forest, Scott), 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)

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 - 1999

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Classification / placement

Counseling

Disciplinary procedures

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Law library access

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run