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Case Name Jane G. v. Solano County JI-CA-0005
Docket / Court CIVS-81-0080 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On January 17, 1984, a class action lawsuit was filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Solano County, California, and county corrections officials in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of all juveniles detained in the past, present, and future at Solano ... read more >
On January 17, 1984, a class action lawsuit was filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Solano County, California, and county corrections officials in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of all juveniles detained in the past, present, and future at Solano County Juvenile Hall. The plaintiffs, represented by the Youth Law Center, alleged that their constitutional rights were violated by Juvenile Hall's policies and procedures.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs alleged that Solano County Juvenile Hall denied detainees' access to the courts. Detainees at Solano County Juvenile Hall were not permitted to communicate with any attorney other than the criminal defense attorney of record. The plaintiffs also claimed that Solano County Juvenile Hall's policies and procedures for isolation were arbitrary, draconian, and could result in weeks of isolation without due process of law. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief for the class and compensatory and punitive damages for the named plaintiff.

On February 4, 1985, the parties entered a settlement agreement, in which the county admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to adopt different policies. Under the settlement, detainees could communicate by phone with any attorney, even while in isolation. Similarly, Solano County Juvenile Hall agreed, except in emergencies, to give written notice and hold a hearing prior to isolating a juvenile. If isolated, detainees would have access to showers, toilets, religious services, education, medical care, attorneys and the mail. The settlement agreement also provided for sanitary accommodation, clean clothes, full meals, writing materials, and close monitoring when a juvenile was isolated. The parties reserved their rights to litigate payment of attorneys' fees and costs.

Our copy of the settlement agreement is not signed and we do not have the docket for this case.

Elizabeth Chilcoat - 05/16/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Bathing and hygiene
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Education
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Mail
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) California Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description all juveniles detained in the past, present, and future at Solano County Juvenile Hall
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Youth Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1985 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Civil Rights Complaint 01/17/1984
JI-CA-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Settlement Agreement and Order re: Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages 02/04/1985
JI-CA-0005-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-CA-0005-0001 | JI-CA-0005-0002
Shotton, Alice C. (California)
JI-CA-0005-0001 | JI-CA-0005-0002
Smith, Greer M. (California)
JI-CA-0005-0002
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-CA-0005-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Gordinier, Thomas H. (California)
JI-CA-0005-0002
Lamoree, Charles O. (California)
JI-CA-0005-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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