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Case Name Doe v. Minidoka County JI-ID-0002
Docket / Court 87-1356 ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On December 11, 1987, a juvenile confined in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jail system filed a class action lawsuit, through his guardian, on behalf of all juveniles who are, have been, or would in the future be confined in Minidoka County and Cassia County Jails. The plaintiff brought his lawsuit ... read more >
On December 11, 1987, a juvenile confined in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jail system filed a class action lawsuit, through his guardian, on behalf of all juveniles who are, have been, or would in the future be confined in Minidoka County and Cassia County Jails. The plaintiff brought his lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the sheriff and county commissioners of Minidoka and Cassia counties in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. Represented by counsel from the Youth Law Center of San Francisco, the plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory, injunctive, and other equitable relief, alleging that they had been subjected to cruel, unconscionable, and illegal conditions by the defendants while in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jails. The plaintiffs also alleged that they had been illegally incarcerated without separation from adult offenders.

Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that the conditions and practices in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jails violated Section 223(13) of the Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5633(13), and constituted cruel and unusual punishment. In the jails, juveniles had extensive contact with adults in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jails. They had direct contact with adult inmates, who served the juveniles meals in their cells, cleaned the bed linens and clothes. Juveniles had no privacy, and were not afforded reading material, mental or medical health, or recreation. There was no supervision and little staff training.

On June 18, 1990, the Court (Judge Harold L. Ryan) entered a stipulated dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims against Cassia County and the officials and sheriff from Cassia County. The matter was referred to Magistrate Mikel H. Williams, who oversaw several settlement conferences, which resulted in the parties' submission of a settlement agreement in April 1991. Under the agreement the defendants committed to no longer house juveniles in the Cassia County jail except for those who had been certified to be tried as adults.

The Court (Judge Ryan) dismissed the case with prejudice on June 6, 1991.

We have no further information on this case.

Stacey Jensen - 05/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Bathing and hygiene
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Library (non-law) access
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Youth / Adult separation
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5672
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Minidoka and Cassia County Jail system
Minidoka County Jail
Plaintiff Description all past, present and future juveniles confined in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jails
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Youth Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 1991 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1991
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
87-1356 (D. Idaho) 06/03/1991
JI-ID-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Civil Rights Complaint for Declaratory, Injunctive, and other Equitable and Relief (Class Action) 03/09/1988
JI-ID-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement (Draft) 02/01/1990
JI-ID-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Ryan, Harold Lyman (D. Idaho)
JI-ID-0002-9000
Williams, Mikel H. (D. Idaho) [Magistrate]
JI-ID-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bell, James Raymond (California)
JI-ID-0002-0001 | JI-ID-0002-0002 | JI-ID-0002-9000
Shauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-ID-0002-0001 | JI-ID-0002-9000
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-ID-0002-0001 | JI-ID-0002-9000
Stanzak, Joseph S. (Idaho)
JI-ID-0002-0001 | JI-ID-0002-0002 | JI-ID-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bywater, Stephen (Idaho)
JI-ID-0002-0002
Penland, Paul S. (Idaho)
JI-ID-0002-9000
Sasser, David (Idaho)
JI-ID-0002-0002 | JI-ID-0002-9000
Sasser, M. Michael (Idaho)
JI-ID-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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