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Case Name Shaw v. San Francisco JI-CA-0010
Docket / Court 915763 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On February 8, 1990, Ronayne and Michael Shaw filed a lawsuit against San Francisco County under the California State Constitution, the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and 20 U.S.C. § 1401 (the Education of the Handicapped Act) in the San Francisco County Superior Court. ... read more >
On February 8, 1990, Ronayne and Michael Shaw filed a lawsuit against San Francisco County under the California State Constitution, the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and 20 U.S.C. § 1401 (the Education of the Handicapped Act) in the San Francisco County Superior Court. They alleged that conditions at the county's juvenile detention facility, where one of their children had recently been confined, were deficient in the areas of facility maintenance, fire safety, failure to provide clean clothes to juveniles, food, educational services, recreation, disciplinary policies, excessive use of force, staff training, staff levels, mental health services, grievance procedures, and visitation procedures. The plaintiffs, represented by the Youth Law Center, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief in these areas.

This suit settled in 1993. The Youth Law Center monitored the facility for the next six years. In early 1999, they concluded monitoring activities and dismissed this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/05/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Counseling
Disciplinary procedures
Education
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Parents (visitation, involvement)
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Defendant(s) San Francisco County
Plaintiff Description Two residents and taxpayers of the city and county of San Francisco challenging various illegal policies, practices and conditions at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall, and seeking to stop them because they are illegal, unnecessary, injurious and degrading
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Youth Law Center
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 Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 1993 - 1999
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of Civil Rights and Waste of Public Funds 02/08/1990
JI-CA-0010-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Geyer, Matthew J. (California)
JI-CA-0010-0001
Laidlaw, Bruce W. (California)
JI-CA-0010-0001
Sakai, L. Joanne (California)
JI-CA-0010-0001
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-CA-0010-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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