The Special Litigation Section is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. We work to protect civil rights in the following areas: 1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; 2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions; 3) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments; 4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; 5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and 6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. We can also act on behalf of people at risk of harm in these areas.
Friday, February 14, 2014
The Department of Justice issued a letter of findings describing problems in the Missoula County, Mont., Attorney's Office's response to sexual assault, and concluding that there is substantial evidence that the County Attorney's response to sexual assault discriminates against women.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Civil Rights Division announced its letter of findings determining that prison officials at the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women violate women prisoners' constitutional rights.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Justice Department has closed its investigation of State Correctional Institution - Pittsburgh after the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections significantly improved security policies and practices at the prison and throughout the Pennsylvania prison system.
After a systemwide investigation, the Department of Justice found that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections uses solitary confinement in ways that violate the rights of prisoners with serious mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
The Department of Justice has issued a letter of findings describing problems in the Missoula County, Mont., Attorney's Office's response to sexual assault, and concluding that there is substantial evidence that the County Attorney's response to sexual assault discriminates against women. Click here to view the letter of findings.
The Justice Department and Education Department join in this Statement of Interest to affirm and clarify the protections afforded to youth with disabilities by title II of the ADA, the IDEA, and their implementing regulations, where the plaintiffs have alleged violations based on the denial of special education and related services when youth are locked in solitary confinement at a juvenile hall.
Click to view the comprehensive settlement agreement between the State of New Hampshire, the Department of Justice, and a coalition of mental health advocates regarding New Hampshire's mental health system.
The Justice Department opened a pattern or practice investigation of the Family Court (Juvenile Court) of St. Louis County, Missouri. The investigation focuses on whether the court fails to provide constitutionally required due process to all children appearing for delinquency proceedings, and whether the court's administration of juvenile justice provides equal protection rights to all children regardless of race. The Department welcomes feedback from the community. If you have comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at Community.StLouis@usdoj.gov
or by phone at 855-228-2151.
The Justice Department discusses available remedies to address systemic 6th Amendment/Right to Counsel violations.
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit
against the City of Meridian, Miss.; Lauderdale County, Miss.; judges of the Lauderdale County Youth Court; and the state of Mississippi alleging that the defendants systematically violate the due process rights of juveniles. The Department welcomes feedback from the community. If you have comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at Community.Meridian@usdoj.gov
On December 2, 2011, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E. Perez sent identical letters to more than 150 local law enforcement agencies in Alabama, informing them of the Divisionís monitoring activities and reminding them of their obligations to engage in non-discriminatory policing. Read More