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Case Name United States v. Terrebonne Parish JI-LA-0012
Docket / Court 2:11-cv-02484-HGB-JCW ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On November 19, 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division began an investigation of Parish of Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center (TPJDC) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141. On January 18, 2011, the DOJ published their findings that the TPJDC violated youth's civil rights and that ... read more >
On November 19, 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division began an investigation of Parish of Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center (TPJDC) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141. On January 18, 2011, the DOJ published their findings that the TPJDC violated youth's civil rights and that youth were harmed by (1) physical and sexual misconduct by staff; (2) excessive physical restraints when lesser forms of punishment would be appropriate; (3) inappropriate use of chemical agents; (4) excessive use of isolation; and (5) inadequate suicide prevention.

On October 4, 2011, the United States filed suit in the Eastern District of Louisiana against Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, who owned and operated TPJDC, under 42 U.S.C. § 14141. The complaint alleged the harms identified in the findings letter. The United States sought equitable and declaratory relief, as well as a permanent injunction against further participation in the alleged acts.

The same month, negotiations began between the parties. They submitted a settlement agreement to the Court on October 19, 2011. The agreement was approved by Judge Helen G. Berrigan on October 31, 2011 and the case was dismissed. The settlement agreement included provisions to cure the alleged violations. It also included terms for monthly reports produced by monitor documenting statistics, trends, and corrective actions. The agreement would terminate once the United States certified that the Parish was in substantial compliance with all of the provisions of the settlement for twelve consecutive months.

On November 19, 2014, the Court issued an order of final dismissal terminating the settlement agreement and dismissing the case with prejudice.

Richard Jolly - 11/18/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Disciplinary procedures
Juveniles
Record-keeping
Restraints : physical
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Terrebonne Parish
Plaintiff Description United States on behalf on inmates at Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Houma, Louisiana.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 2011 - 2014
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:11-cv-02484 (E.D. La.) 11/19/2014
JI-LA-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
DOJ Findings Letter (2011) 01/18/2011
JI-LA-0012-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Complaint 10/04/2011
JI-LA-0012-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Revised Settlement Agreement and Order 10/05/2011 (E.D. La.)
JI-LA-0012-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section
Amended Complaint 10/05/2011
JI-LA-0012-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Revised Settlement Agreement and Order 10/19/2011 (E.D. La.)
JI-LA-0012-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Closing Case] 10/31/2011 (E.D. La.)
JI-LA-0012-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Final Dismissal 11/19/2014 (E.D. La.)
JI-LA-0012-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Berrigan, Helen Ginger (E.D. La.)
JI-LA-0012-0002 | JI-LA-0012-0005 | JI-LA-0012-0006 | JI-LA-0012-0007 | JI-LA-0012-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Austin, Roy L. (District of Columbia)
JI-LA-0012-0003 | JI-LA-0012-0004 | JI-LA-0012-0005
Delaney, Joshua (District of Columbia)
JI-LA-0012-9000
Jung, Je Yon (District of Columbia)
JI-LA-0012-0003 | JI-LA-0012-0004 | JI-LA-0012-0005 | JI-LA-0012-9000
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JI-LA-0012-0001 | JI-LA-0012-0003 | JI-LA-0012-0004 | JI-LA-0012-0005
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
JI-LA-0012-0003 | JI-LA-0012-0004 | JI-LA-0012-0005
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
JI-LA-0012-0003 | JI-LA-0012-0004 | JI-LA-0012-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Alcock, Courtney Elizabeth (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0012-0005 | JI-LA-0012-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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