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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Wayne County (MI) JI-MI-0001
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On March 21, 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] notified the state of Michigan that it intended to investigate the conditions of confinement the Wayne County Youth Home (later called Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility [WCJDF]), a juvenile detention ... read more >
On March 21, 1994, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] notified the state of Michigan that it intended to investigate the conditions of confinement the Wayne County Youth Home (later called Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility [WCJDF]), a juvenile detention facility in Detroit, Michigan, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

The investigation was to focus on allegations regarding physical and psychological abuse of residents; failure to properly investigate and curtail sexual abuse of residents by staff; improper disciplinary practices; inadequate staffing and supervision; inadequate medical care, mental health care, and suicide prevention measures; environmental health and safety deficiencies; lack of classification; overcrowding; inadequate access to telephones, mail, general reading material and legal books; and inadequate educational services.

On December 21, 1994, the DOJ issued its findings letter, wherein it described numerous conditions at the WCJDF that violated the constitutional and federal statutory rights of the juveniles detained there. Those conditions included the areas of (1) operational, management, staffing, and programming deficiencies; (2) inadequate medical care, mental health care, dental healthcare, and suicide prevention measures; (3) serious environmental and health deficiencies and (4) numerous fire safety deficiencies. The DOJ outlined minimal remedial measures that the WCJDF needed to immediately undertake to correct the problems.

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 02/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Education
Fire safety
Library (non-law) access
Mail
Phone
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Wayne County
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Notice Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Wayne County Youth Home, Detroit , Michigan 03/21/1994
JI-MI-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Correspondence 12/13/1994
JI-MI-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Notice of Findings of Investigation, Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility 12/21/1994
JI-MI-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
JI-MI-0001-0002 | JI-MI-0001-0003
Turner, James P. (District of Columbia)
JI-MI-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers Gershel, Alan (Michigan)
JI-MI-0001-0002
Granholm, Jennifer M. (Michigan)
JI-MI-0001-0002
Green, Saul A. (Michigan)
JI-MI-0001-0002
James, Phyllis A. (Michigan)
JI-MI-0001-0002
Kelley, Frank J. (Michigan)
JI-MI-0001-0002

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