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Case Name Doe v. Milano JI-CT-0005
Docket / Court 87-0673 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On September 1, 1987, a group of children under the age of 16 who were non-delinquent status offenders, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act against the State of Connecticut in the U.S. District Court for the District of ... read more >
On September 1, 1987, a group of children under the age of 16 who were non-delinquent status offenders, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act against the State of Connecticut in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, and they alleged that the defendants had violated their rights by unlawfully holding them in secure juvenile detention facilities, despite the fact that they were non-delinquent out-of-state juvenile runaways. The plaintiffs were represented by the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union.

On October 9, 1987, the district court (Judge Alan Nevas) certified the plaintiff class. On February 2, 1988, the court approved a consent decree that had been agreed upon by both sides. Under the terms of the decree, the defendants agreed that they would no longer deliver non-delinquent juvenile runaways to secure juvenile detention facilities. They also agreed that if a member of the plaintiff class was delivered by any party to a secure detention facility, they would pick them up from that facility within 6 hours. They agreed that if a member of the plaintiff class wanted to return to their home state to be with their parent or guardian, but they (and their parent/guardian) lacked the finances to return them to that state, the defendants would file a petition for the child's return under the Interstate Compact on Juveniles.

On July 7, 1988, the court dismissed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 11/18/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5672
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Department of Children and Youth Services
Hartford Juvenile Detention Center
Newington Police Department
State of Connecticut
Plaintiff Description non-delinquent out-of-state juvenile runaways being held at secure juvenile detention facilities
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1988 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1988
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
87-00673 (D. Conn.) 07/07/1988
JI-CT-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 09/01/1987
JI-CT-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Judgment 02/02/1988
JI-CT-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Stipulated Settlement of Plaintiff's Claim for Costs and Attorney's Fees 03/01/1988
JI-CT-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Stipulation of Dismissal 07/06/1988
JI-CT-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Nevas, Alan Harris (D. Conn.)
JI-CT-0005-0002 | JI-CT-0005-0003 | JI-CT-0005-0004 | JI-CT-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Geballe, Shelley D. (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0005-0001 | JI-CT-0005-0002 | JI-CT-0005-0003 | JI-CT-0005-0004 | JI-CT-0005-9000
Stone, Martha (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0005-0001 | JI-CT-0005-0002 | JI-CT-0005-0003 | JI-CT-0005-0004 | JI-CT-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Adler, Laurie (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0005-9000
Antoinetti, Amelie (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0005-9000
Borowy, Frank (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0005-0003 | JI-CT-0005-9000
Earl, Judith Merrill (Connecticut)
JI-CT-0005-0002 | JI-CT-0005-0004 | JI-CT-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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