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Case Name Horn v. Oldham Co. JI-KY-0003
Docket / Court 83-0208 ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On March 2, 1983, Greg Horn, a 14 year-old minor in custody at the Oldham County Jail ("OCJ") and his mother filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against Oldham County, ... read more >
On March 2, 1983, Greg Horn, a 14 year-old minor in custody at the Oldham County Jail ("OCJ") and his mother filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against Oldham County, Kentucky and the administrators of the OCJ. The plaintiffs, represented by private attorneys and the Youth Law Center of San Francisco, California, alleged poor sanitary conditions of confinement, failure to provide personal hygiene materials, failure to provide adequate educational materials, failure to separate juvenile detainees from adult offenders, lack of medical or psychological screening for incoming detainees, inadequate staff, failure to supervise detainees, and because of these failures, the wrongful death of Mrs. Horn's other son Robert Lee (who had committed suicide during unsupervised confinement). The suit was also filed under the Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq.

On January 11, 1985, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Judge Thomas Austin Ballantine, Jr.) approved a Consent Decree. The wrongful death claim was settled, and the Defendants agreed to cease use of OCJ for detention of juveniles. The consent decree, however, did not apply to persons under 18 years of age who are charged with serious offenses and who have been transferred from the jurisdiction of the District Court to the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. There is no docket or further information for this case.

Greg Venker - 05/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Education
Personal injury
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Suicide prevention
Youth / Adult separation
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5672
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Oldham County Jail
Plaintiff Description All juveniles who are currently, have been during the past year or in the future will be confined in the Oldham 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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1985 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Civil Rights Complaint for Declaratory, Injunctive, and other Equitable Relief and Damages 03/03/1983
JI-KY-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/11/1985 (W.D. Ky.)
JI-KY-0003-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Ballantine, Thomas Austin Jr. (W.D. Ky.)
JI-KY-0003-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bell, James Raymond (California)
JI-KY-0003-0001
Lowery, Jack (Kentucky)
JI-KY-0003-0001 | JI-KY-0003-0002
Searcy, Hollis (Kentucky)
JI-KY-0003-0001
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-KY-0003-0001 | JI-KY-0003-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Miller, Carl (Kentucky)
JI-KY-0003-0002
Prather, Stewart L. (Kentucky)
JI-KY-0003-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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