Case: CRIPA Investigation of San Luis Obispo County Jail

No Docket | No Court

Filed Date: 2021

Case Ongoing

Clearinghouse coding in progress

Case Summary

In an August 31, 2021 findings letter, the DOJ Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorneys' office for the Central District of California found that the conditions at the San Luis Obispo County Jail violated the Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). DOJ had began a Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) investigation of the jail in 2018. In a fifty page report, DOJ found that the jail failed provide adequate medical and mental health treatment, placed people with mental illnesses in restrictive housing for prolonged periods of time, failed to prevent employees from using excessive force on incarcerated people, all in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and denied incarcerated people with disabilities equal access to services and programs, in violation of the ADA. The jail now must respond to these allegations by mid-October, or face a lawsuit.

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clarke, Kristen M. (District of Columbia)

Wilkison, Tracy L. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clarke, Kristen M. (District of Columbia)

Wilkison, Tracy L. (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse


Re: Investigation of the San Luis Obispo County Jail

Aug. 31, 2021 Press Release


Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2021

Case Ongoing: Yes


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


San Luis Obispo County (San Luis Obispo), County

Defendant Type(s):


Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Due Process: Substantive Due Process

Special Case Type(s):


Availably Documents:

None of the above


Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet



Administrative segregation

Classification / placement

Disciplinary segregation

Excessive force

Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)


Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)


Mental impairment

Type of Facility: