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Case Name D.W. v. Harrison County JI-MS-0006
Docket / Court 09-0267 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On April 2, 2009, an imprisoned juvenile and a non-profit institution representing disabled persons filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Mississippi under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, ... read more >
On April 2, 2009, an imprisoned juvenile and a non-profit institution representing disabled persons filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Mississippi under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, asked the court for injunctive and declaratory relief, claiming dangerously unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Specifically, the juvenile prisoner claimed physical and psychological abuse from staff; mold, excrement and insect infestations; overcrowded facilities; excessive room confinement; as well as arbitrary and punitive discipline practices. The non-profit institution, Mississippi Protection & Advocacy System, Inc., claimed that they were denied all access to the juvenile prisoners who had a right to their services under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act of 1986.

On April 20, 2009, the plaintiff filed a motion to certify class. On August 18th, 2009, a joint motion for settlement was filed. On October 13, 2009, the court (Judge Louis Guirola, Jr.) granted the motion for approval of the settlement agreement, granted the certification of the class for settlement purposes, and dismissed the matter without prejudice.

Kathryn DeLong - 11/06/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
disability, unspecified
Mental impairment
General
Bathing and hygiene
Confinement/isolation
Disciplinary procedures
Excessive force
Juveniles
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act, 42 U.S.C. § 10801
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Harrison County
Plaintiff Description A proposed class of juveniles in the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center and the Mississippi Protection & Advocacy System, Inc.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Poverty Law Center
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:09-cv-00267-lg-rhw (S.D. Miss.) 10/13/2009
JI-MS-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 04/20/2009
JI-MS-0006-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Amended Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief 04/27/2009
JI-MS-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order 06/11/2009 (S.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Joint Motion for Approval of Proposed Amended Settlement Agreement 10/02/2009
JI-MS-0006-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Approval of Amended Settlement Agreement, Certifying a Settlement Class and Order of Dismissal 10/13/2009 (S.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0006-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Approval of Amended Settlement Agreement, Certifying a Settlement Class and Order of Dismissal 10/13/2009 (S.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0006-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Agreement [Settlement] 06/24/2014
JI-MS-0006-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Judges Guirola, Louis Jr. (S.D. Miss., W.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
JI-MS-0006-0002 | JI-MS-0006-0004 | JI-MS-0006-0006 | JI-MS-0006-9000
Walker, Robert H. (S.D. Miss.) [Magistrate]
JI-MS-0006-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bedi, Sheila A. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-0001 | JI-MS-0006-0002 | JI-MS-0006-0003 | JI-MS-0006-0005 | JI-MS-0006-0007 | JI-MS-0006-9000
Carroll, Vanessa (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-0001 | JI-MS-0006-0002 | JI-MS-0006-0003 | JI-MS-0006-0005
Hardage, Kay (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-0001 | JI-MS-0006-0002 | JI-MS-0006-0003
McDuff, Robert B. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-0003 | JI-MS-0006-0005 | JI-MS-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Holleman, Tim C. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-0005
Meadows, Joseph R. (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-0002 | JI-MS-0006-0007
Young, Karen Jobe (Mississippi)
JI-MS-0006-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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