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Case Name Bobby M. v. Chiles (Graham & Martinez) JI-FL-0002
Docket / Court 4:83-cv-07003-MP ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On January 2, 1983, juveniles filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. §794), challenging their conditions of confinement at the juvenile facilities in the State of Florida. Those ... read more >
On January 2, 1983, juveniles filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. §794), challenging their conditions of confinement at the juvenile facilities in the State of Florida. Those facilities included the McPherson Training School in Ocala, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna and the Florida School for Boys at Okeechobee, subsequently renamed the Eckerd Youth Development Center.

Plaintiffs were represented by attorneys for the ACLU National Prison Project, the Youth Law Center and the Southern Legal Counsel. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Following several years of litigation and improvements to the Florida juvenile justice system, the parties entered into a Consent Decree to resolve all claims. The Consent Decree, which was approved by the District Court (Judge Maurice M. Paul) on July 7, 1987, set forth agreed reforms to be implemented in the following areas: assessment, evaluation and placement of juveniles; education; attorney client access; and prohibition of isolation. The Decree also incorporated previous orders that had been entered by the District Court, as follows:

1. provision of access to counsel (order on stipulated motion in 1987);

2. prohibition against hogtying and shackling to fixed objects, and regulating the use of mechanical restraints (orders dated February 1, 1983 and July 14, 1983);

3. closure of McPherson Training School (order dated August 6, 1985);

4. removal of females from training schools (order dated August 6, 1985);

5. removal of all children 13 years of age and under from training schools (order dated August 6, 1985); and

6. removal of all status offenders from training schools (order dated August 6, 1985).

Following entry of the Decree, the case was then administratively closed. Monitoring of the implementation process continued for years.

On October 29, 1995, the District Court (Judge Maurice M. Paul) terminated the Consent Decree as to the Dozier Training School. The Decree remained in effect as to the Eckerd Youth Development Center. Bobby M. v. Chiles, 907 F.Supp. 368 (N.D.Fla. 1995). On November 6, 1996, portions of the consent decree relating to ECKERD Youth Development Center were also terminated.

Thereafter, the parties litigated the issue of liability for post-judgment attorney fees and related expenses. On April 1, 1999, the District Court entered judgment in favor of plaintiffs for attorneys' fees in the amount of $182,912.19, plus costs in the amount of $10,724.90. Defendants appealed. While the case was on appeal, the parties settled the issue of fees and costs.

On May 10, 2000, the District Court (Judge Maurice M. Paul) granted defendants' motion to dismiss the remaining claims and the case was closed. We have no further information on the case.

Dan Dalton - 02/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Classification / placement
Confinement/isolation
Education
Visiting
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Alyce D. McPherson School
Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys
Eckerd Youth Development Center
Florida School for Boys
Plaintiff Description Juveniles detained in various juvenile detention facilities in Florida.
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 1987 - 2000
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Reforming Florida's Juvenile Justice System: A Case Example of Bobby M. v. Chiles
By: Jodi Siegel
Citation: 19 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 693 (1992)
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Docket(s)
83-7003 (N.D. Fla.) 09/27/2000
JI-FL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint (Class Action) 01/05/1983
JI-FL-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 07/22/1983
JI-FL-0002-0014.pdf | Detail
Order 08/06/1985 (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Stipulation and Order 08/28/1985 (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0012.pdf | Detail
Motion to Add Named Plaintiffs and Amend Complaint (Class Action) 06/02/1986
JI-FL-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 06/02/1986
JI-FL-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion to Add Named Plaintiffs and Amend Complaint 06/02/1986
JI-FL-0002-0015.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree (Class Action) 05/08/1987 (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0007.pdf | Detail
Information About Proposed Federal Court Orders That Affect the legal Rights of Students at the Training Schools (Class Action) 05/08/1987
JI-FL-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Joint Motion to Adopt Stipulation Amending Population Reduction Schedule of Consent Decree (Class Action) 07/12/1990
JI-FL-0002-0009.pdf | Detail
Stipulation Amending Population Reduction Schedule of Consent Decree 07/12/1990
JI-FL-0002-0016.pdf | Detail
Referral and Order 07/21/1990 (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0013.pdf | Detail
Opinion 02/09/1994 (1994 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2589) (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0018.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Order Terminating Consent Decree as to the Dozier Facility 10/29/1995 (907 F.Supp. 368) (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0017.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 11/06/1996 (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0011.pdf | Detail
Judges Paul, Maurice Mitchell (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0002-0004 | JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0011 | JI-FL-0002-0012 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-0018 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bell, James Raymond (California)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0014
Dale, Michael J. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0003 | JI-FL-0002-0005 | JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0015 | JI-FL-0002-0016 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Freeman, Alexa P. (District of Columbia)
JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Freeman, Joseph M. (Georgia)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Hadeed, Albert J. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0003 | JI-FL-0002-0005 | JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0012 | JI-FL-0002-0014 | JI-FL-0002-0015 | JI-FL-0002-0016 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Heybach, Laurene Marie (Illinois)
JI-FL-0002-0003 | JI-FL-0002-0005 | JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0015 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Jameson, Elizabeth J. (California)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0014
McClymont, Mary E. (District of Columbia)
JI-FL-0002-0003 | JI-FL-0002-0005 | JI-FL-0002-0015
Moore, Shawn F. (District of Columbia)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0014
Nelson, Alice K. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0016 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Shauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0003 | JI-FL-0002-0005 | JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0012 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0014 | JI-FL-0002-0015 | JI-FL-0002-0016 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Siegel, Jodi (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0016 | JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0014
Wright, Claudia T. (District of Columbia)
JI-FL-0002-0001 | JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0012 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0014 | JI-FL-0002-0016
Defendant's Lawyers Adams, Jay (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0012
Brechner, Judith A. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
Curtin, Judith (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
DeMuro, Paul (New Jersey)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Ferris, Janet Eve (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Finkel, Charles Alan (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Gandy, William Eugene Jr. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-9000
Jacobs, Alicia S. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
Martin, Charles H. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
Miller, John S. Jr. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008 | JI-FL-0002-0009 | JI-FL-0002-0013 | JI-FL-0002-0016
Ruberg, Charles Simon (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Sikes, Herbert D. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
Smith, Chesterfield Jr. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-9000
Smith, Jim (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
Talenfeld, Howard M. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Taylor, Eric Joseph (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0007 | JI-FL-0002-0008
Tucker, Kimberly Jeanene (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Vail, E. Jason (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0017 | JI-FL-0002-9000
Walker, Shirley A. (Florida)
JI-FL-0002-0014
Other Lawyers None on record

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