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Case Name Yellen v. Ada County JI-ID-0004
Docket / Court 83-1026 ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
In May 1983, juvenile inmates of the Ada County Jail in Boise, Idaho filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all present and future juveniles incarcerated there against the sheriff and commissioners of Ada County, the deputies and guards at the Ada County Jail, and the juvenile court judge. The ... read more >
In May 1983, juvenile inmates of the Ada County Jail in Boise, Idaho filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all present and future juveniles incarcerated there against the sheriff and commissioners of Ada County, the deputies and guards at the Ada County Jail, and the juvenile court judge. The plaintiffs filed the suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.

The plaintiffs, who were represented by the Youth Law Center and private counsel, alleged that the defendants' disciplinary policies and other practices violated the juveniles' constitutional rights. They asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the defendants improperly incarcerated juveniles by failing to separate them from adults and by confining them to secure detention even for minor offenses. They also claimed that the defendants refused community placements in alternative to jail, and that the conditions of the jail were illegal. One named plaintiff also sought punitive damages.

On February 13, 1985, the court (Judge Ray McNichols) ordered a permanent injunction, directing the defendants not to incarcerate any juvenile in the Ada County Jail except for those who had been waived to adult status or who had been initially charged as adults. The order did not resolve the individually named plaintiff's claims for money damages.

We do not have the docket for this case, so we do not know the subsequent history.

Laura Uberti - 05/30/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Disciplinary procedures
Education
Mail
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Youth / Adult separation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5672
Defendant(s) Ada County
Plaintiff Description All present and future juveniles incarcerated in the Ada 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
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1985 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Second Amended Civil Rights Complaint for Injunctive, Declaratory and Other Equitable Relief and Damages (Class Action) 05/01/1983
JI-ID-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Order of Permanent Injunction 02/13/1985 (D. Idaho)
JI-ID-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges McNichols, Raymond Clyne (D. Idaho)
JI-ID-0004-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Jameson, Elizabeth J. (California)
JI-ID-0004-0001
Mauk, William L. (Idaho)
JI-ID-0004-0001
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-ID-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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