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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, San Francisco (CA) JI-CA-0002
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
In 1985, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights division opened an investigation of the San Francisco Youth Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. Investigators found the Youth Guidance Center operated in a manner which ... read more >
In 1985, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights division opened an investigation of the San Francisco Youth Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. Investigators found the Youth Guidance Center operated in a manner which violated the constitutional rights of juvenile detainees.

Specifically, the Youth Guidance Center imposed unreasonable punishment both by arbitrarily denying juveniles access to toilets and by randomly subjecting juveniles to isolation. The Youth Guidance Center's staff, further, inadequately monitored detainees placed in isolation. The City of San Francisco refused to address these issues formally by entering into a consent decree with the Justice Department.

On June 12, 1991, the Justice Department issues its Notice of Findings. In addition to the constitutional violations, investigators discovered that the facility's fire alarm and prevention system was not functional. The Justice Department recommended that all deficiencies be addressed and renewed its offer to negotiate a consent decree.

We have no further information on the actions taken by either the City or the Justice Department to address these problems.

Elizabeth Chilcoat - 05/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Fire safety
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) San Francisco
San Francisco Youth Guidance Center
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Findings Letter re: San Francisco Youth Guidance Center 06/12/1991
JI-CA-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Giorgi, Lorette (California)
JI-CA-0002-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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