On September 13, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released guidance regarding the use of monitors tasked with overseeing state and local governmental entities pursuant to consent decrees and civil settlement agreements.
The guidance, outlined in a memorandum articulating both general principles and specific recommendations to guide monitors, courts, and stakeholders, is the culmination of a four-month review conducted by Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. The review was formally requested by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who sought to ensure that monitors are independent, highly qualified, and free of conflicts of interest. The Associate Attorney General’s review included feedback sessions with stakeholders, including current and former monitors, law enforcement officials, and civil rights advocates, and studied DOJ’s past and ongoing consent decrees.
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