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Case Name United States v. Leflore County (DOJ Investigation of LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma) JC-OK-0004
Docket / Court 6:05-cv-00339 ( E.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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, ... read more >
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.

Dan Dalton - 02/14/2008
Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/05/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
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
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Hepatitis
HIV/AIDS
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) LeFlore County
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice
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 Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Order Duration 2005 - 2009
Filed 08/12/2005
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  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)
E.D. Okla.
08/04/2009
6:05-cv-00339-SPS
JC-OK-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
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04/17/2003
Re: Investigation of LeFlore County Jail, Poteau, Oklahoma
JC-OK-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
E.D. Okla.
08/03/2009
Joint Motion for Order of Final Dismissal [ECF# 7]
JC-OK-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Shreder, Steven (E.D. Okla.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
JC-OK-0004-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barrick, Andrew J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-OK-0004-0001
Brandon, Susan S (Oklahoma) show/hide docs
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Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Daly, Mark (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Delaney, Joshua (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Gonzales, Alberto (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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King, Loretta (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Rocha, Dimitri N (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Sperling, Sheldon J. (Oklahoma) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Smith, Jeff (Oklahoma) show/hide docs
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Ward, Farley W (Oklahoma) show/hide docs
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Warren, Dru (Oklahoma) show/hide docs
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