Case: U.S. v. San Diego

3:91-cv-00764 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Filed Date: June 5, 1991

Closed Date: 1996

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Case Summary

On June 5, 1991, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit in the District Court for the Southern District of California, seeking an injunction barring San Diego County from denying the DOJ full access to the San Diego jail system. The DOJ sought to conduct a preliminary investigation for violations of constitutional rights under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). On July 22, 1991, the District Court (Judge John Rhoades) determined that the county's attempts to use sta…

On June 5, 1991, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit in the District Court for the Southern District of California, seeking an injunction barring San Diego County from denying the DOJ full access to the San Diego jail system. The DOJ sought to conduct a preliminary investigation for violations of constitutional rights under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). On July 22, 1991, the District Court (Judge John Rhoades) determined that the county's attempts to use state confidentiality laws, or any other state procedure, to limit the DOJ's access to the county jails frustrate the purpose of CRIPA and were therefore preempted. U.S. v. San Diego, No. 91-cv-764, 1991 WL 642768, at *2 (S.D. Cal. July 22, 1991). The court ordered that the preliminary injunction be granted.

The DOJ conducted an investigation in late 1991 but due to the system being in transition, the DOJ deferred making any findings until after conducting another investigation in March and April of 1993. On August 15, 1994, the DOJ sent San Diego County a findings letter, listing the unconstitutional conditions in its jail system. Violations included inadequate staffing, crowding, classification, dangerous practices, fire safety, and inadequate medical staff and procedures.

On December 12, 1995, the DOJ sent a letter to San Diego County stating that the minimum corrective measures seemed to be in place, and that further action under CRIPA was unwarranted. The DOJ suspended the investigation pending completion of a new intake facility, and closing of the Central Detention Facility. On February 15, 1996 the DOJ closed the file.

Summary Authors

Jaclyn Adams (2/24/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Rhoades, John Skylstead Sr. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)

Cornwell, John C. xx (District of Columbia)

Neece, John R. (California)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Payne, Timothy R. (District of Columbia)

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

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Fan, Ian (California)

Gattey, James M. (California)

Gilbreath, Vicki Lee (California)

Judge(s)

Rhoades, John Skylstead Sr. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)

Cornwell, John C. xx (District of Columbia)

Neece, John R. (California)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Payne, Timothy R. (District of Columbia)

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

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Fan, Ian (California)

Gattey, James M. (California)

Gilbreath, Vicki Lee (California)

Harmon, Lloyd (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:91-cv-00764

Docket (PACER)

Oct. 25, 1993

Oct. 25, 1993

Docket
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3:91-cv-00764

Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction

1991 WL 642768

July 22, 1991

July 22, 1991

Order/Opinion

3:91-cv-00764

Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of San Diego County Jail System

No Court

July 1, 1994

July 1, 1994

Findings Letter/Report

3:91-cv-00764

Memorandum re: Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of San Diego County Jail System

No Court

Aug. 15, 1994

Aug. 15, 1994

Findings Letter/Report

3:91-cv-00764

FOIA Request

California state trial court

Nov. 21, 1994

Nov. 21, 1994

FOIA Request

3:91-cv-00764

Notice of Closed File re: San Diego Jails

Dec. 15, 1995

Dec. 15, 1995

Correspondence

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 16, 2022, 3:18 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Civil Rights Division Archival Collection

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 5, 1991

Closing Date: 1996

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States 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

San Diego County (San Diego), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Order Duration: 1991 - 1996

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief granted

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Fire safety

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Totality of conditions

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run