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Case Name N.G. v. Connecticut JI-CT-0003
Docket / Court 3:00-CV-02036 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On October 20, 2000, female juvenile detainees filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against the State of Connecticut. Plaintiffs alleged that the State violated their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches by conducting repeated strip searches without ... read more >
On October 20, 2000, female juvenile detainees filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against the State of Connecticut. Plaintiffs alleged that the State violated their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches by conducting repeated strip searches without a reasonable basis. The detainees sought injunctive relief and damages.

On October 5, 2001, the Court (Peter C. Dorsey) consolidated the case with another case against the state, though the only available document for that case is the docket. The case went to trial beginning on April 3, 2002, and settlement conferences were held. On September 27, 2002, the Court denied plaintiffs' motion for preliminary class certification. 382 F.3d 225 (2004). A few days later, the Court granted the State's motion to dismiss, holding that there was a reasonable basis for each of the strip searches conducted on plaintiffs, but requiring a new strip search policy in the detention centers.

On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the District Court's decision and remanded the case, holding that strip searches are lawful upon admission to a detention facility, but repeated searches while children were in custody must be supported by reasonable suspicion; the Court also upheld the denial of class certification. Following the decision, the case was sent back to the District Court for further proceedings and fact finding. 382 F.3d 225 (2004). On February 14, 2005, after the parties settled, the District Court denied plaintiffs' new motion for certified class as moot, and the Court dismissed the case the following day. The only relief indicated was found in the United States Court of Appeals opinion, stating that a new strip search policy was implemented.

Maurice Youkanna - 06/28/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Disciplinary procedures
Juveniles
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) State of Connecticut
Plaintiff Description Female juveniles detained in juvenile detention facilities and subjected to repeated strip searches.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2002 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:01-cv-1172 (D. Conn.) 09/30/2002
JI-CT-0003-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:00-CV-02036 (D. Conn.) 06/17/2005
JI-CT-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
USCA Opinion 09/07/2004 (382 F.3d 225)
JI-CT-0003-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
United States Court of Appeals Mandate 09/30/2004
JI-CT-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Referral to Magistrate Judge 11/10/2004 (D. Conn.)
JI-CT-0003-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal 04/14/2005
JI-CT-0003-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Dorsey, Peter Collins (D. Conn.)
JI-CT-0003-0002 | JI-CT-0003-9001
Newman, Jon Ormond (Second Circuit, D. Conn.)
JI-CT-0003-0001 | JI-CT-0003-0005
Sotomayor, Sonia (SCOTUS, Second Circuit, S.D.N.Y.)
JI-CT-0003-0001 | JI-CT-0003-0005
Wesley, Richard C. (State Trial Court, State Appellate Court, Second Circuit)
JI-CT-0003-0001 | JI-CT-0003-0005
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kelly, Thomas W. (Rhode Island)
JI-CT-0003-0005 | JI-CT-0003-9000
Wallace, Anthony A. (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0003-0003 | JI-CT-0003-9000 | JI-CT-0003-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Blumenthal, Richard (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0003-0005
Deluca, Charles A. (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0003-9001
Nietzel, Catherine S. (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0003-9001
O'Neill, Terrance M. (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0003-0003 | JI-CT-0003-0005 | JI-CT-0003-9001
Strom, Steven R. (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0003-0005
Other Lawyers None on record

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