Case: USA v. Doyle

2:08-cv-00753 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Filed Date: Sept. 4, 2008

Closed Date: 2008

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Case Summary

The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division conducted a review in 2005, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), of the Taycheedah Correctional Institution for women prisoners in Wisconsin. The CRIPA review resulted in a May 1, 2006, letter to the state's governor. The letter set out the results of the review and commended the institution for its procedures to minimize sexual misconduct; however, the letter stated that the review found the facility vi…

The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division conducted a review in 2005, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), of the Taycheedah Correctional Institution for women prisoners in Wisconsin. The CRIPA review resulted in a May 1, 2006, letter to the state's governor. The letter set out the results of the review and commended the institution for its procedures to minimize sexual misconduct; however, the letter stated that the review found the facility violated constitutional rights of prisoners by failing to adequately provide mental health care services for prisoners' serious mental health needs.

According to the Civil Rights Division review, Taycheedah: 1) failed to timely and appropriately provide psychiatric treatment, including monitoring of psychotropic medications and performing laboratory tests; 2) failed to provide an adequate array of mental health services to treat its inmates' serious mental health needs; 3) failed to ensure that administrative segregation and observation status were used appropriately; 4) failed to ensure that mental health records were accessible, complete, and accurate; 5) failed to respond to medical and laboratory orders in a timely manner; and 6) failed to ensure that an adequate quality assurance system was in place. According to the review, these practices constituted prison officials' deliberate indifference to mental health needs of prisoners, in that the quality of care provided was such a substantial departure from accepted professional judgment, practice, or standards that deliberate indifference could be inferred.

The letter contained examples to support each of the listed shortcomings and made recommendations to remedy the deficiencies, noting that failure to satisfactorily and promptly address these concerns could result in a federal CRIPA lawsuit against the state to force corrective action.

The recommendations were that Taycheedah should implement, at a minimum, these mental health care measures:

A. Psychiatric Treatment 1. Provide adequate on-site psychiatry coverage for inmates' serious mental health needs. Ensure that psychiatrists see inmates in a timely manner and that psychotropic medication orders are reviewed by a psychiatrist on a regular, timely basis. 2. Ensure that medications are provided to inmates in a timely manner and that they are properly monitored. 3. Provide nurse staffing adequate for inmates' serious mental health needs. Ensure that nursing functions, such as distribution of medications, are performed by nurses or other properly trained staff.

B. Mental Health Services 1. Provide adequate on-site psychology coverage to ensure that psychologists see inmates in a systematic and timely manner to evaluate inmates for their serious mental health needs. Provide adequate staffing to ensure timely and appropriate mental health screening and referrals. 2. Provide an adequate array of mental health programming, including individual and group therapy, to meet inmates' serious mental health needs and prevent de-compensation and mental health crises. 3. Ensure that adequate crisis services are available to address the psychiatric emergencies of inmates. 4. Provide adequate programming in the Monarch Unit (which, as of the review, merely warehoused and medicated prisoners with the most acute mental illnesses) to meet inmates' critical mental health needs.

C. Segregation and Observation Status 1. Ensure that administrative segregation and observation status are not used to punish inmates for symptoms of mental illness and behaviors that are, because of mental illness, beyond their control.

D. Mental Health Records 1. Ensure that Taycheedah's mental health records are centralized, complete, and accurate.

E. Medication and Laboratory Delays 1. Ensure timely responses to orders for medication and laboratory tests and prompt documentation thereof in inmates' charts.

F. Quality Assurance 1. Ensure that Taycheedah's quality assurance system is adequate to identify and correct serious deficiencies with the mental health system.

On September 4, 2008, the Department of Justice filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, detailing the findings of the CRIPA investigation. On the same day, the parties filed a settlement agreement and stipulation of dismissal. Under the terms of the agreement, the defendants agreed to make the changes that had been recommended in the findings letter that followed the initial CRIPA investigation.

On September 15, 2008, the District Court approved the settlement agreement and dismissed the case.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (2/6/2009)

People


Judge(s)

Randa, Rudolph Thomas (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)

Biskupic, Steven M. (Wisconsin)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Coon, Laura (District of Columbia)

Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)

McDuffie, Kenyan (District of Columbia)

McMillan, Charlene (District of Columbia)

Mukasey, Michael B. (New York)

Richmond, Matthew V. (Wisconsin)

Judge(s)

Randa, Rudolph Thomas (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Becker, Grace Chung (District of Columbia)

Biskupic, Steven M. (Wisconsin)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Coon, Laura (District of Columbia)

Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)

McDuffie, Kenyan (District of Columbia)

McMillan, Charlene (District of Columbia)

Mukasey, Michael B. (New York)

Richmond, Matthew V. (Wisconsin)

Weiss, Daniel H. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Anderson, Kathryn R. (Wisconsin)

Finkelmeyer, Corey F. (Wisconsin)

Lautenschlager, Peggy A. (Wisconsin)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:08-cv-00753

Docket [PACER]

Sept. 15, 2008

Sept. 15, 2008

Docket

Re: Investigation of the Taycheedah Correctional Institution

DOJ CRIPA Investigation of the Taycheedah Correctional Institution

No Court

May 1, 2006

May 1, 2006

Findings Letter/Report
2

2:08-cv-00753

Joint Motion for Entry of Conditional Dismissal

Sept. 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

Pleading / Motion / Brief
1

2:08-cv-00753

Complaint

Sept. 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

Complaint
4

2:08-cv-00753

Order (granting joint motion to conditionally dismiss)

Sept. 15, 2008

Sept. 15, 2008

Order/Opinion

Memorandum of Agreement Between The United States Department of Justice and The State of Wisconsin Regarding Conditions at The Taycheedah Correctional Institution

No Court

None

None

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 12, 2022, 3:06 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT. Consent forms distributed for Magistrate Judge Aaron E. Goodstein. (vlh) (vlh).

Sept. 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

2

JOINT MOTION for Entry of Conditional Dismissal (vlh) (Additional attachment(s) added on 9/5/2008: # 1 Porposed Order) (vlh).

Sept. 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

3

PDF document requirement letter addressed to AUSA Matthew V. Richmond regarding Complaint, Motion, and Proposed Order filed on September 4, 2008. (vlh)

Sept. 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

4

ORDER signed by Chief Judge Rudolph T Randa on 09/15/2008 granting 2 Motion to Dismiss. (cc: all counsel) (Koll, J) (Additional attachment(s) added on 9/15/2008: # 1 Corrected Order (case no. included)) (vlh).

Sept. 15, 2008

Sept. 15, 2008

Case Details

State / Territory: Wisconsin

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 4, 2008

Closing Date: 2008

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

Taycheedah Correctional Institution, State

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:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2008 - None

Issues

General:

Administrative segregation

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Affected Gender:

Female

Medical/Mental Health:

Medication, administration of

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run