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Case Name Hughes v. District of Columbia JC-DC-0013
Docket / Court 1:06-CV-02203 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On December 14, 2006, two female former inmates of the Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) in Washington, D.C. filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, sought damages for ... read more >
On December 14, 2006, two female former inmates of the Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) in Washington, D.C. filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, sought damages for violations of their constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Ninth Amendments to the Constitution. Plaintiffs claimed that they were each sexually assaulted by CTF staff and that CTF failed to protect their safety through negligent hiring practices, inadequate safety training, ineffective assault reporting mechanisms, and failure to enforce policies to minimize the risk of sexual assaults, including supervision of staff-inmate interaction and ineffective investigative and disciplinary action in response to allegations of sexual assault.

On April 9, 2002, one of the plaintiffs was being escorted back from a court hearing when she alleged she was taken by a corrections officer to a staff bathroom, where he raped and sexually assaulted her. A few days later, the same corrections officer repeated his rape and assault. The officer later attempted to touch the plaintiff in a sexual manner, but the plaintiff was able to fend off his advances. Over the subsequent period, the plaintiff suffered panic attacks, but she was not provided with treatment and she had difficulty getting her complaint investigated. The male officer was eventually terminated for an unrelated incident. On December 25, 2003, the second plaintiff was taken by a male corrections officer to a broom closet, where he raped and sexually assaulted her. The plaintiff called the DC Dept. of Corrections sexual misconduct hotline and an investigation was begun. When the officer was placed on paid suspension, the allegations became common knowledge among the officers, which resulted in rumors and attempts to determine the plaintiff's identity. The officer resigned before the investigation was completed.

The plaintiffs entered a motion on December 14, 2006 to proceed under pseudonyms, which was initially granted but eventually denied on November 16, 2007 by Judge Ellen Huvelle. After some other discovery disputes, the parties reached a closed settlement on October 21, 2008.

Jesse Stricklan - 03/31/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) District of Columbia
Plaintiff Description Female inmates at the Correctional Treatment Facility in Washington, D.C. who were sexually assaulted by correctional officers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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Docket(s)
1:06−cv−02203 (D.D.C.) 10/24/2008
JC-DC-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/12/2006
JC-DC-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Dismissing Case in Light of Settlement] 10/21/2008 (D.D.C.)
JC-DC-0013-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Huvelle, Ellen Segal (D.D.C.)
JC-DC-0013-0002 | JC-DC-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cohen, Ellen Connelly (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Fornaci, Phillip Jerome (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-0001
Golden, Deborah Maxine (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-0001
Hill , Thomas C. (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-0001 | JC-DC-0013-9000
McDonald, Ashley (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-0001 | JC-DC-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bravo, Mariana Del Valle (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Frost, Shana Lyn (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Halvorson, Rachel Love (Arizona)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Holsman, Jennifer L. (Arizona)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Maloney, Paul J. (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Murray, Dwight D. (District of Columbia)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Struck, Daniel Patrick (Arizona)
JC-DC-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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