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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Glenwood Resource Center DR-IA-0004
Docket / Court No Docket ( No Court )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 22, 2020, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division announced that it was opening a Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) investigation into the Glenwood Resource Center, a institution for people with intellectual disabilities operated by the state of Iowa ... read more >
On December 22, 2020, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division announced that it was opening a Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) investigation into the Glenwood Resource Center, a institution for people with intellectual disabilities operated by the state of Iowa. Then Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband stated that the investigation was initiated because DOJ suspected that the Fourteenth Amendment rights of residents at the facility were being violated and intimated in his announcement that residents had been "subject to bizarre and deviant pseudo-medical ‘experiments’ that injure them."

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/12/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Glenwood Resource Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Filed 2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Review of the Use of Monitors in Civil Settlement Agreements and Consent Decrees Involving State and Local Government Entities
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 9/13/2021
By: Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assoc. AG Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Date: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Faculty)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

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12/22/2020
Justice Department Alleges Conditions at Iowa Institution for Individuals with Disabilities Violate the Constitution
DR-IA-0004-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

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