From the Introduction: "The Civil Rights Division and the three U.S. Attorney's Offices for the State of Alabama ('Department' or 'Department of Justice') provide notice, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. ('CRIPA'), that there is reasonable cause to believe, based on the totality of the conditions, practices, and incidents discovered that: (1) the conditions throughout Alabama's prisons for men ('Alabama's prisons') violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; and (2) these violations are pursuant to a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of rights protected by the Eighth Amendment. The Department does not serve as a tribunal authorized to make factual findings and legal conclusions binding on, or admissible in, any court, and nothing in this Notice should be construed as such. Consequently, this Notice Letter is not intended to be admissible evidence and does not create any legal rights or obligations. Consistent with the statutory requirements of CRIPA, we write this Notice Letter to notify Alabama of the Department's conclusions with respect to constitutional violations, the facts supporting those conclusions, and the minimum remedial measures necessary to address the identified deficiencies."
U.S. Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/