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Case Name John L. v. City of New Orleans Youth Study JI-LA-0005
Docket / Court 79-5082 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
In approximately 1979, youths confined at the Youth Study Center in New Orleans filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the City of New Orleans alleging that defendant's room detention (lock down) policy violated the youths' ... read more >
In approximately 1979, youths confined at the Youth Study Center in New Orleans filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the City of New Orleans alleging that defendant's room detention (lock down) policy violated the youths' constitutional rights. Subsequently, the plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU, and the defendant entered into a joint stipulation governing lock down at the Youth Study Center.

The parties set the maximum duration of time youths could be sent to lock down for committing specific offenses. The times varied based on the severity of the offense, but the maximum duration of lock down time the youths could serve was twenty-four hours. In the event a youth committed a serious violation that posed an extreme threat to other children or personnel, the Youth Study Center retained the right to hold that child in lock down in excess of twenty-four hours, but it had to notify the Juvenile Court within that time that it could no longer affect control over the child and needed instruction from the Juvenile Court as to the further treatment of the child.

The parties agreed that every alternative means to effectuate behavioral modification should be attempted and that only physical attacks and sexual offenses would lead to immediate lock down, while all other offenses would require administrative review before deciding whether lock down was appropriate. The parties further agreed that youths in lock down were still allowed educational instruction, social services, visitation, and medical services. We have no further information other than the joint stipulation.

Emilee Baker - 05/18/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Confinement/isolation
Disciplinary procedures
Education
Visiting
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of New Orleans
Plaintiff Description Youth detained at the Youth Study Center in New Orleans.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 1979 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Joint Stipulation Governing Room Detention (Lock Down) at the Youth Study Center 01/01/1979
JI-LA-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Scheckman, Steven Robert (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0005-0001
Shauffer, Carole (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Anzelmo, Salvador (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0005-0001
Shichat, Marc G. (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0005-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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