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Case Name J.H. v. Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility JI-OH-0009
Docket / Court 2:14-cv-01608 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On Sept. 18, 2014, a number of juvenile prisoners filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive ... read more >
On Sept. 18, 2014, a number of juvenile prisoners filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, and damages, claiming that the state-run facility used restraint techniques and solitary confinement in a way that violated the 8th Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, and the prisoners' 14th Amendment substantive due process rights.

Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that the facility placed the prisoners in restraint chairs for up to 20 hours at a time, long after any need to restrain them had ended. They also claimed that the facility arbitrarily placed the juvenile prisoners in solitary confinement without adequate clothing or blankets for lengthy periods of time. In the isolation cells, the temperatures regularly dropped to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

As of December 2014, the case is still ongoing.

Andrew Junker - 12/04/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Confinement/isolation
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Excessive force
Juveniles
Restraints : physical
Torture
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility
Plaintiff Description Prisoners at a juvenile detention facility
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
2:14-cv-01608-JLG-NMK (S.D. Ohio) 11/24/2014
JI-OH-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/18/2014
JI-OH-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 10/30/2014
JI-OH-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Graham, James L. (S.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Biller, Andrew (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-0001 | JI-OH-0009-0002 | JI-OH-0009-9000
Forman, Edward Reilley (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-0001 | JI-OH-0009-0002 | JI-OH-0009-9000
Howard, Riskell Lashea (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-0001 | JI-OH-0009-9000
Jacobs, Louis A. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-0001 | JI-OH-0009-9000
Marshall, John Spencely (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-0001 | JI-OH-0009-0002 | JI-OH-0009-9000
Tandy, Kimberly Brooks (Kentucky)
JI-OH-0009-0001 | JI-OH-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Teetor, John Stephen (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-9000
Teetor, Matthew Stephen (Ohio)
JI-OH-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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