Case: U.S. v. Clay County

4:97-cv-00151 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Filed Date: Aug. 20, 1997

Closed Date: July 10, 2000

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Case Summary

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Clay County of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Clay County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding construction of a new jail; staffing and supervision; exercise; access to religious services, courts, and reading material; medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; general sanitation; fire safety; plumbing; bedding…

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice notified Clay County of its intention to investigate conditions of the county jail. In 1995, following the investigation, the DOJ notified the Chairman of the Clay County Commission of its findings and made recommendations regarding construction of a new jail; staffing and supervision; exercise; access to religious services, courts, and reading material; medical and mental healthcare; suicide prevention; general sanitation; fire safety; plumbing; bedding supplies; food services; and plumbing. 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. Six days later, the District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Judge Hugh Lawson) issued 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 from PACER, the court adopted the consent decree as judgment in 1997 and dismissed the case in 2000.

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/21/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Elliott, James Robert (Georgia)

Lawson, Hugh (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Aderhold, Hugh Randolph Jr. (Georgia)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Cheng, Christopher N. (District of Columbia)

Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Pinzler, Isabelle Katz (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Elliott, James Robert (Georgia)

Lawson, Hugh (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Aderhold, Hugh Randolph Jr. (Georgia)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Cheng, Christopher N. (District of Columbia)

Deutsch, David (District of Columbia)

Nelson, Mellie H. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Pinzler, Isabelle Katz (District of Columbia)

Reno, Janet (District of Columbia)

Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Mills, William Harry (Georgia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:97-cv-00151

Docket (PACER)

July 10, 2000

July 10, 2000

Docket

4:97-cv-00151

Findings Letter re: Investigation of Clay County Jail

No Court

June 1, 1995

June 1, 1995

Findings Letter/Report

4:97-cv-00151

Certificate of the Attorney General

Aug. 15, 1997

Aug. 15, 1997

Declaration/Affidavit
1

4:97-cv-00151

Complaint

Aug. 20, 1997

Aug. 20, 1997

Complaint
2

4:97-cv-00151

Consent Decree

Aug. 20, 1997

Aug. 20, 1997

Order/Opinion
3

4:97-cv-00151

Order

Aug. 26, 1997

Aug. 26, 1997

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 21, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link

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ORDER adopting consent decree as judgment of the court. ( signed by Judge J. R. Elliott ) (tlf) (Entered: 08/28/1997)

Aug. 26, 1997

Aug. 26, 1997

Case referred to ARBITRATION (mbr) (Entered: 09/02/1997)

Sept. 2, 1997

Sept. 2, 1997

Case Closed. (tlf) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 19, 1999

Jan. 19, 1999

4

MOTION by U.S.A., Clay County, Georgia, Roger Shivers, Clay Cty BOC to Dismiss (tlf) (Entered: 07/03/2000)

July 3, 2000

July 3, 2000

5

ORDER of dismissal ( signed by Judge Hugh Lawson ) [EOD Date 7/12/00] (tlf) (Entered: 07/12/2000)

July 10, 2000

July 10, 2000

Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Post-PLRA enforceable consent decrees

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 20, 1997

Closing Date: July 10, 2000

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

Clay County Jail (Clay), 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: 1997 - 2000

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Counseling

Disciplinary procedures

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Law library access

Recreation / Exercise

Religious programs / policies

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Suicide prevention

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run