Case: U.S. v. Columbus Consolidated City/County Government (Muscogee County)

4:99-cv-00132 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Filed Date: Sept. 23, 1999

Closed Date: Oct. 1, 1999

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Case Summary

In 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Muscogee County, Georgia that it intended to investigate conditions in the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Muscogee County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding staffing and supervision, grievance system, exercise, access to reading materials, medical and mental healthcare, dental care, suicide prevention, general sanitation, fire safety,…

In 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice notified Muscogee County, Georgia that it intended to investigate conditions in the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Muscogee County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding staffing and supervision, grievance system, exercise, access to reading materials, medical and mental healthcare, dental care, suicide prevention, general sanitation, fire safety, plumbing, ventilation, overcrowding, food services, lighting, pest control, and construction of a new jail. Apparently after negotiation, the Attorney General on 9/23/1999 simultaneously filed an action under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C section 1997 et seq., against the jail and a motion for conditional dismissal. A week later, the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia approved the conditional dismissal, which laid out steps the county must take to improve issues discussed in the DOJ letter of findings and recommendations. In addition, the county agreed not to seek to terminate the agreement until after January 1, 2000.

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/25/2005)

People

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Judge(s)

Lawson, Hugh (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abbate, Julie K. (District of Columbia)

Cheng, Christopher N. (District of Columbia)

Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)

Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia)

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

Kappelhoff, Mark (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Martin, Beverly Baldwin (Georgia)

Myrthil, Marlysha (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Lawson, Hugh (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abbate, Julie K. (District of Columbia)

Cheng, Christopher N. (District of Columbia)

Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)

Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia)

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

Kappelhoff, Mark (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Martin, Beverly Baldwin (Georgia)

Myrthil, Marlysha (District of Columbia)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Fay, Clifton C. (Georgia)

Polleys, E. H. (Georgia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Stellman, Roberta E. M.D., DABPN, CCHP, DFAPA (New Mexico)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

U.S. v. Columbus Consolidated City/County Government

Oct. 1, 1999 Docket

Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Muscogee County Jail

CRIPA Investigation

No Court

June 1, 1995 Findings Letter/Report

Settlement Agreement

CRIPA Investigation

Sept. 23, 1999 Settlement Agreement
1

Complaint

U.S. v. Columbus Consolidated City/County Government

Sept. 23, 1999 Complaint

Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States Department of Justice and the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia Regarding the Muscogee County Jail

[No case name]

No Court

Jan. 16, 2015 Settlement Agreement

Mental Health Monitoring Report

CRIPA Investigation of Muscogee County Jail

June 26, 2015 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Mental Health Monitoring Report November 2015 Tour

U.S. v. Columbus Consolidated City/County Government

March 2, 2016 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Mental Health Monitoring Report April 2016 Tour

U.S. v. Columbus Consolidated City/County Government

May 16, 2016 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Resources

Title Description External URL

The Constitutional Law of Incarceration, Reconfigured

Margo Schlanger

Part I begins with a doctrinal history; prisoners’ rights precedents are unfamiliar to many, and the author summarizes the pre-Kingsley Supreme Court case law as it evolved over time. Even for those … Jan. 1, 2018 https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4749&context=clr

The Influence of Government Defenders on Affirmative Civil Rights Enforcement

Alexander A. Reinert

The focus of this brief Article will be on a conundrum, particularly in the area of civil rights enforcement: the federal government—in particular the DOJ—can be one of the most efficient and powerfu… April 1, 2018 https://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/flr/vol86/iss5/13/

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/10918741/united-states-v-cols-consol-city/

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
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COMPLAINT filed (cmf) (Entered: 09/27/1999)

Sept. 23, 1999
7

Order on Motion to Dismiss

July 3, 2019 PACER
2

JOINT MOTION by United States, Cols. Consol. City, Ralph Johnson, Bobby G. Peters for conditional Dismissal (cmf) (Entered: 09/27/1999)

Sept. 23, 1999
8

Judgment

July 8, 2019 PACER
3

Agreement between all parties concerning Muscogee Jail filed by United States, Cols. Consol. City, Ralph Johnson, Bobby G. Peters and signed by Judge Hugh

Sept. 29, 1999

Case Closed (cmf) (Entered: 10/01/1999)

Oct. 1, 1999