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Case Name G.C. v. Coler JI-FL-0004
Docket / Court 87-6220 ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On March, 27 1987, a handicapped child, through his next friend, filed a civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, challenging the conditions of confinement at the Broward County Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive ... read more >
On March, 27 1987, a handicapped child, through his next friend, filed a civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, challenging the conditions of confinement at the Broward County Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as class certification. Plaintiff alleged overcrowding, lack of security, unsanitary conditions, inadequate health care and infliction of abusive punishment. Plaintiff also brought claims for lack of special education programs for handicapped children.

Defendants moved to dismiss plaintiff's First Amended Complaint. The District Court (Judge Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr.) held that plaintiff could state a claim under Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701 and the Education of All Handicapped Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400 (EHA) but that plaintiff failed to allege that he exhausted his administrative remedies prior to suit. The Court granted defendants' motion to dismiss, but granted plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint. G.C by and through W.S. v. Coler, 673 F.Supp. 1093 (S.D.Fla. 1987).

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Dan Dalton - 02/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Education
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Defendant(s) Broward County Regional Juvenile Detention Center
Plaintiff Description All children confined at the Broward County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1987
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
87-CV-6220 (S.D. Fla.) 05/15/2003
JI-FL-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 11/11/1987 (673 F.Supp. 1093) (S.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0004-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Correspondence re: Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center (Data Evaluation 04/19/1991
JI-FL-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Gonzalez, Jose Alejandro Jr. (S.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0004-0002 | JI-FL-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dale, Michael J. (Florida)
JI-FL-0004-0002
Kent, Norman Elliot (Florida)
JI-FL-0004-0002
Shauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-FL-0004-0002
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-FL-0004-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Gaebe, Greg M. (Florida)
JI-FL-0004-0002
Marko, Edward (Florida)
JI-FL-0004-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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