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Case Name CRIPA Investigation of Alameda County DR-CA-0063
Docket / Court docket unknown ( district not recorded )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Jail Conditions
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In April 2021, the Department notified Alameda County, California, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and Alameda Health System that there is reasonable cause to believe that the County’s use of institutional settings to provide mental health services to adults with mental health disabilities ... read more >
In April 2021, the Department notified Alameda County, California, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and Alameda Health System that there is reasonable cause to believe that the County’s use of institutional settings to provide mental health services to adults with mental health disabilities violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and that the conditions at Santa Rita Jail violate the Constitution and the ADA. Specifically, the Department’s investigation found that the County fails to provide services to qualified individuals with mental health disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs by unnecessarily institutionalizing them at John George Psychiatric Hospital and other psychiatric facilities. In addition, the Department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Jail fails to provide constitutionally adequate mental health care to prisoners with serious mental health needs, including those at risk of suicide; that the Jail violates the constitutional rights of prisoners with serious mental illness through its prolonged use of restrictive housing; and that the Jail violates the ADA by denying prisoners with mental health disabilities access to services, programs, and activities because of their disabilities.



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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
disability, unspecified
Integrated setting
Mental impairment
General
Conditions of confinement
Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable Modifications
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Mental Disability
Mental Illness, Unspecified
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) John George Psychiatric Hospital
Santa Rita Jail
Plaintiff Description The U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
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 ]

Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
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04/22/2021
Re: Notice Regarding Investigation of Alameda County, John George Psychiatric Hospital, and Santa Rita Jail
DR-CA-0063-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
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04/22/2021
Alameda County, John George Psychiatric Hospital, and Santa Rita Jail Investigative Findings and Next Steps
DR-CA-0063-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Hinds, Stephanie (California) show/hide docs
DR-CA-0063-0001
Karlan, Pamela S (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
DR-CA-0063-0001

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