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Case Name Eric P. v. Cumberland County JI-ME-0002
Docket / Court 2:86-cv-00265-GC ( D. Me. )
State/Territory Maine
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On August 25, 1986, juvenile plaintiffs filed this § 1983 civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine (Portland), challenging their conditions of confinement at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine. The Complaint sought for declaratory and injunctive relief, ... read more >
On August 25, 1986, juvenile plaintiffs filed this § 1983 civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine (Portland), challenging their conditions of confinement at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine. The Complaint sought for declaratory and injunctive relief, damages and class action status. Plaintiffs were represented by attorneys for the Youth Law Center.

By order dated November 23, 1987, the District Court (Gene Carter) certified the case as a class action. The certified class consisted of all juveniles who were, had been, or would in the future be confined in the Cumberland County Jail. Following class certification, the parties reached a settlement of all of plaintiffs' claims for declaratory and injunctive relief.

A Consent Decree was entered by the District Court (Judge Gene Carter) on March 3, 1988. The Consent Decree provided for construction of a new Juvenile Detention Facility adjacent to the Cumberland County Jail by January 1, 1990. The Decree also called for defendants to implement changes in the following areas: classification and monitoring of juveniles; adequate medical and mental health services; access to attorneys and visitors; education and counseling; recreation and exercise; and training for all staff.

The PACER docket is limited and does not contain any filing entries or notations. We have no further information on this case.

Dan Dalton - 02/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Education
Recreation / Exercise
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Visiting
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. § 1983
Defendant(s) Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine
Plaintiff Description All juveniles who are currently, have been, or in the future will be confined in the Cumberland 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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1986 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
86-0265 (D. Me.) 01/19/1996
JI-ME-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint in Intervention. Civil Rights Complaint for Declaratory, Injunctive, and other Equitable Relief and Damages (Class Action) 07/22/1987
JI-ME-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Judgment 03/03/1988 (D. Me.)
JI-ME-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Carter, Gene (D. Me.)
JI-ME-0002-0002 | JI-ME-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Knight, Daniel S. (Maine)
JI-ME-0002-0001 | JI-ME-0002-0002
Shauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-ME-0002-0001
Shotton, Alice C. (California)
JI-ME-0002-0001
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-ME-0002-0001 | JI-ME-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Mittel, Robert Edmond (Maine)
JI-ME-0002-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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