The Raymond Detention Center is no longer operating under a federal consent decree

After three weeks of hearings in federal court in March, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves issued a ruling Wednesday that greatly scales back the decree. However, he pointed to continued violence at the jail and put a new injunction in place for the county to continue addressing ongoing problems at the jail. 

“In the intervening six years, the county has made few changes to attempt to bring the facility up to minimum constitutional standards,” Reeves wrote. “There will be consequences for the county’s inaction.” 

Reeves made the changes in response to the county’s January request to terminate or change the consent decree under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, a federal law that allows states to be released from such agreements two years after being issued. 

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