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Case Name Bd. Of Managers of the Arkansas Training School for Boys v. George JI-AR-0002
Docket / Court Docket No. Not Available ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
Sometime before May 23, 1967, an African-American juvenile and his mother filed a class action suit under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1983 in the U.S. District Court for Arkansas against the Board of Managers for the Arkansas Training Schools for Boys and the juvenile court judges who assigned or ... read more >
Sometime before May 23, 1967, an African-American juvenile and his mother filed a class action suit under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 1983 in the U.S. District Court for Arkansas against the Board of Managers for the Arkansas Training Schools for Boys and the juvenile court judges who assigned or sentenced juveniles to the training schools. The plaintiffs, who were represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, sought injunctive relief, alleging that the maintenance of segregated juvenile detention facilities violated due process and equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Pursuant to an Arkansas statute, black and white juveniles who were found to be either delinquent or dependent were assigned to different detention centers on the basis of their race. The District Court (Chief Judge Oren Harris) denied the defendants' motion to dismiss, but granted the defendants' motion for an interlocutory appeal. On May 23, 1967, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (Judge Donald Lay) declared the Arkansas statute unconstitutional to the extent that it required the segregation of juveniles solely on the basis of race, the commitment to segregated facilities, and the maintenance of segregated facilities. Bd. Of Managers Of the Ark. Training Sch. For Boys v. George, 377 F.2d 228 (8th Cir. 1967). The court went further to hold that no injunction was necessary at the time, but stated that race should not be a determinative factor under any circumstance. The Board of Managers was instructed to prepare a plan for the desegregation of the facilities and present it to the District Court for approval. Rehearing was denied on June 21, 1967. The Board of Managers petitioned for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied on October 9, 1967. Bd. of Managers Of Ark. Training Sch. For Boys v. George, 389 U.S. 345 (1967). We have no further information on this case.

Kristen Sagar - 10/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Classification / placement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Arkansas Training School for Boys
Plaintiff Description juveniles who were found to be either delinquent or dependent and were assigned to different detention centers on the basis of their race
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1967 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 05/23/1967 (377 F.2d 228)
JI-AR-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Decision 10/19/1967 (389 U.S. 845)
JI-AR-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Lay, Donald Pomery (Eighth Circuit)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Greenberg, Jack (New York)
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Jones, Sheila Rush (New York)
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Meltsner, Michael (New York)
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Nabrit, James M. III (New York)
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Walker, John W. (Arkansas)
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Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Bruce (Arkansas)
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Jackson, Fletcher (Arkansas)
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Lessenberry, Jack L. (Arkansas)
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Robinson, H. Clay (Arkansas)
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Other Lawyers Doar, John (District of Columbia)
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Norman, David L. (District of Columbia)
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Smith, Robert D. Jr. (Arkansas)
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White, Franklin E. (New York)
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