I received this letter in the mail yesterday. This is not the response to the letter I wrote DOJ but materials forwarded apparently last summer from the Arizona District of the US Attorney’s Office. Indeed, I am eager to see the Department of Justice response to the letter I wrote them. actually, I may have received that. I’ll have to look around and see if I have that.
IF YOU KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO THE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO SEE JUSTICE REGARDING ABUSES WITHIN The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC), NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO COME FORWARD and do your civic and moral duty.
Here is the accurate pdf of the converted & scanned letter below. Remember: The pdf file is more accurate and some formatting is lost in conversion but this cut and paste Word Doc allows for more open searching.
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
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Special Litigation Section - PHB 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530
March 9, 2009
John Taylor Kent, Ph.D. 933 West Azalea Place Chandler, AZ 85248-3811
Dear Dr. Kent:
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has referred your letter of August 15, 2008, to us for a reply. In your letter and accompanying documents you allege that the Arizona Department of Corrections has engaged in corrupt personnel practices and improper medical practices.
Under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, the Special Litigation Section of the United States Department of Justice has authority to investigate conditions in state or locally-operated correctional facilities where it is alleged that inmates are being deprived of constitutional rights pursuant to a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of those rights. We will consider the information you have provided, along with other information we may receive, to determine whether a pattern or practice investigation is warranted.
The Section’s authority does not, however, extend to investigating the personal grievances of a single individual. Moreover, the Section is not authorized to represent individual citizens in legal matters or to give them legal advice. You might consider contacting a private legal representative for possible assistance with your individual concerns.
Thank you for bringing this information to our attention. Please do not hesitate to contact this office if we may be of assistance with this, or any other matter.
Special Litigation Section