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Case Name Robbins v. Glenn Co. JI-CA-0009
Docket / Court 85-0675 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On May 14, 1985, Lillian Robbins (administratrix of the estate of Kathy Robbins, deceased) filed a lawsuit against Glenn County, California. under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff, represented by the Youth Law Center, alleged that ... read more >
On May 14, 1985, Lillian Robbins (administratrix of the estate of Kathy Robbins, deceased) filed a lawsuit against Glenn County, California. under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff, represented by the Youth Law Center, alleged that the civil rights of 15 year-old runaway Kathy Robbins had been violated during her detention at the Glenn County Jail because the jail administrators had refused to contact her family, subjected her to a strip search, refused to release her into her parents' custody, refused to place her into an available juvenile detention facility, failed to provide her with adequate clothing, authorized adult inmates to have direct contact with her, failed to adequately medically and psychologically examine her, failed to notice evidence of her previous suicide attempts, failed to deliver her phone messages and reading materials from her mother, harassed and psychologically abused her, failed to provide her opportunities for exercise or recreation, and failed to adequately monitor her. On August 29, 1984, Kathy Robbins committed suicide by hanging herself in her cell. The plaintiff asked the court for monetary general and punitive damages as well as attorney's fees. For injunctive purposes, the parties stipulated that the action could proceed as a class action on behalf of all juveniles who were or would be confined in the Glenn County Jail. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (Judge Raul A. Ramirez) entered an undated consent decree stating that defendants agreed to stop confining juveniles at the Glenn County Jail.

Additionally, as part of a seemingly separate settlement agreement, plaintiff's parents were to be paid $125,000 in consideration of a full and final release of their claims in the matter. We have no further information about this case.

Kristen Sagar - 10/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Administrative segregation
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Mail
Parents (visitation, involvement)
Personal injury
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Youth / Adult separation
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Glenn County
Plaintiff Description all juveniles who were or would be confined in the Glenn County Jail
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 Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Amended Civil Rights Complaint for Damages 09/09/1985
JI-CA-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Judgment 10/01/1986 (E.D. Cal.)
JI-CA-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Ramirez, Raul Anthony (E.D. Cal.)
JI-CA-0009-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Shauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0001
Smith, Greer M. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0001 | JI-CA-0009-0002
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0001 | JI-CA-0009-0002
Warboys, Loren M. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0001
Zink, J. D. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0001 | JI-CA-0009-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Krup, Leonard G. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0001 | JI-CA-0009-0002
Price, Philip B. (California)
JI-CA-0009-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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