On July 24, 2012, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with Randolph County, Georgia under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of Randolph County, Georgia in July, 2011, as part of Project Civic Access, a Department initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to state and local government programs, services, activities, and facilities. An on-site survey of the County's buildings, programs, and services was conducted in August, 2011. County staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review process in order to reach an agreement.
Facilities and programs surveyed by the Department and covered by the agreement include: Randolph County Government Center, Randolph-Clay M.R. Service Center, Neighborhood Service Center, Randolph County Senior Center, Randolph County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Center, Randolph County Agriculture Building, Randolph County Board of Commissioners, Randolph County Magistrate Court and State Probation Office, Randolph County Sheriff's Department, Carnegie Fire Station, Coleman Fire Station, Burney Road Fire Station, Jack and Anna Mote Fire Station, and Marvin Fire Station.
The Department also reviewed County policies and procedures regarding emergency management, voting, and sidewalk maintenance to evaluate whether persons with disabilities have an equal opportunity to utilize these programs; and the County Police Department's policies and procedures regarding providing effective communication to persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Under the agreement announced today, Randolph County will take several important steps to improve access for individuals with disabilities. The text of the settlement agreement specifies the particular modifications the County will make to each of the programs, services, and facilities covered by the agreement as well as the timeframes for making each change. Among other things, the County has agreed to:
Randolph County, Georgia was established in 1828 and is located in southwest Georgia approximately 57 miles south of Columbus. The County seat is Cuthbert. According to census data, the County has a total population of 7,791 and approximately 27.3 percent of residents have a disability.
The Settlement Agreement will remain in effect for three years from July 24, 2012. The Department will actively monitor compliance with the agreement until it has confirmed that all required actions have been completed.