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Case Name CRIPA Investigation of Cumberland County Jail PC-NJ-0029
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On June 15, 2018, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division opened an investigation into conditions of confinement at the Cumberland County Jail (“CCJ”), located in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The investigation, which is pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, was ... read more >
On June 15, 2018, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division opened an investigation into conditions of confinement at the Cumberland County Jail (“CCJ”), located in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The investigation, which is pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, was conducted jointly with the United States’ Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. On 1/14/21, the DOJ notified the County that we have concluded there is reasonable cause to believe that the CCJ violates the constitutional rights of prisoners by failing to provide adequate suicide prevention and mental health care. In particular, the DOJ found that the County failed to ensure that inmates with Opioid Use Disorder and those experiencing Opioid withdrawal received Medication Assisted Treatment, when needed.



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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
disability, unspecified
General
Conditions of confinement
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Cumberland County Jail
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice 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
Filed 2018
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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01/14/2021
Investigation of the Cumberland County Jail (Bridgeton, New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0029-0001.pdf | Detail
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01/14/2021
Re: Notice Regarding Investigation of the Cumberland County Jail
PC-NJ-0029-0002.pdf | Detail
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Other Lawyers Daukas, John B. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0029-0002
Honig, Rachel (New Jersey) show/hide docs
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