Case: United States v. Leflore County (DOJ Investigation of LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma)

6:05-cv-00339 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: Aug. 12, 2005

Closed Date: Aug. 4, 2009

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Case Summary

In November 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the LeFlore County Jail ("Jail") in Poteau, Oklahoma. Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded in an April 2003 findings letter that the conditions and practices at the Jail violated the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees and convicte…

In November 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the LeFlore County Jail ("Jail") in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded in an April 2003 findings letter that the conditions and practices at the Jail violated the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees and convicted prisoners. On April 17, 2003, the DOJ issued a letter advising LeFlore County of minimum reform measures it should implement in order to remedy the unconstitutional practices. The suggested reforms related to the areas of: (1) medical and mental health care; (2) protection of inmates from harm; (3) environmental health and safety; (4) fire safety; (5) opportunities to exercise; and (6) access to the courts.

The county reached a settlement with DOJ on August 9, 2005, to resolve these issues. However, that settlement is not publicly available. Shortly after the settlement agreement was signed, DOJ sued the county in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, apparently to enforce the settlement if necessary. However, it immediately filed a motion for conditional dismissal, in which in asked the court to hold the case in abeyance and dismiss it in August of 2009, unless the county came into substantial compliance with the settlement earlier.

After four years of no action on the docket, in August of 2009, DOJ and the parties requested that the case be dismissed. Their request was granted by Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder.

The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/14/2008)

Jonah Hudson-Erdman (9/5/2021)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/12049322/parties/united-states-v-leflore-county-ok/


Judge(s)

Shreder, Steven (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)

Brandon, Susan S (Oklahoma)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Daly, Mark (District of Columbia)

Delaney, Joshua (District of Columbia)

Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia)

Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)

King, Loretta (District of Columbia)

Rocha, Dimitri N (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Shreder, Steven (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia)

Brandon, Susan S (Oklahoma)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Daly, Mark (District of Columbia)

Delaney, Joshua (District of Columbia)

Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia)

Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)

King, Loretta (District of Columbia)

Rocha, Dimitri N (District of Columbia)

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Sperling, Sheldon J. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Smith, Jeff (Oklahoma)

Ward, Farley W (Oklahoma)

Warren, Dru (Oklahoma)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

USA v. Leflore County OK

Aug. 4, 2009 Docket

Re: Investigation of LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma

DOJ Investigation of LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma

No Court

April 17, 2003 Findings Letter/Report
7

Joint Motion for Order of Final Dismissal

United States of America v. Leflore County

Aug. 3, 2009 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/12049322/united-states-v-leflore-county-ok/

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT (cjt, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/17/2005)

Aug. 12, 2005 PACER

MAGISTRATE'S CONSENT FORM furnished to plaintiff's counsel. (cjt, Deputy Clerk)

Aug. 12, 2005 PACER
2

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT regarding the LeFlore County Jail by plaintiff and defendants (cjt, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/17/2005)

Aug. 12, 2005 PACER
3

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff, defendants for conditional dismissal pursuant to Rule 41(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ; response deadline 8/29/05 (cjt, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/17/2005)

Aug. 12, 2005 PACER
4

CONSENT TO JURISDICTION by U.S. Magistrate Judge by plaintiff with certificate of service thereon (cjt, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/18/2005)

Aug. 17, 2005 PACER
5

CONSENT TO JURISDICTION by U.S. Magistrate Judge by defendants (cjt, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/23/2005)

Aug. 19, 2005 PACER
6

ORDER by Mag. Judge Steven P. Shreder granting joint motion for conditional dismissal pursuant to Rule 41(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure [3-1] and dismissing case . (cc: all counsel) (cjt, Deputy Clerk) (acg, Deputy Clerk). (Entered: 08/23/2005)

Aug. 22, 2005 PACER
7

Joint MOTION to Dismiss by United States of America, Leflore County, Oklahoma, Leflore County Detention Center Public Trust Responses due by 8/18/2009(Brandon, Susan) (Entered: 08/03/2009)

Aug. 3, 2009 RECAP
8

ORDER OF FINAL DISMISSAL by Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder ; GRANTING 7 Joint Motion for Order of Final Dismissal; dismissing/terminating case (terminates case) (eje, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/04/2009)

Aug. 4, 2009 PACER

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 12, 2005

Closing Date: Aug. 4, 2009

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. 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

LeFlore County (Le Flore), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Order Duration: 2005 - 2009

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Classification / placement

Disciplinary procedures

Disciplinary segregation

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Protective custody

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Suicide prevention

Totality of conditions

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Medical/Mental Health:

Dental care

Hepatitis

HIV/AIDS

Medical care, general

Medication, administration of

Mental health care, general

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run