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Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Justice , Civil Rights Division
CFDA #: 16.105

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The Attorney General is authorized to initiate or intervene in actions for equitable relief on behalf of institutionalized persons residing in pubic institutions wherein a pattern or practice of egregious or flagrant conditions exists. Such institutions include: facilities for persons who are mentally ill or mentally retarded, nursing homes, prisons, jails, and juvenile detention and correctional facilities. The Attorney General may bring suit to protect the rights of persons in publicly operated institutions to be allowed to exercise their religion without substantial burdens being imposed by the public entity operating the institution. The Attorney General may also bring suit and request injunctive relief prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, and national origin in the operation of public facilities when he/she receives and certifies as meritorious a written complaint of such discrimination. The Attorney General is authorized to investigate and, where appropriate, initiate actions for relief from certain violent, threatening, obstructive, and destructive actions intended to injure, intimidate, or interfere with persons seeking reproductive health services, or deny religious freedom, or destruction of property at places of religious worship. The Attorney General is authorized to investigate patterns or practices of conduct by law enforcement officials which deprive U.S. citizens of their constitutional rights, and may initiate civil actions for relief from such constitutional deprivations.