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Case Name Hernandez v. Carroll JI-NY-0003
Docket / Court 76-41973 ( State Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
Sometime in 1976, juveniles detained at the Bronx Family Courthouse filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York against several judges and administrators of New York State and city agencies. The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division represented the ... read more >
Sometime in 1976, juveniles detained at the Bronx Family Courthouse filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York against several judges and administrators of New York State and city agencies. The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division represented the plaintiffs. The court entered a consent decree on January 17, 1977. The consent decree stated that the new Bronx Family Courthouse would be ready for full occupancy, including the detention rooms, on or before May 2, 1977. The defendants agreed to repair and service the boys' and girls' detention rooms and maintain them in a sanitary condition. The required sanitary conditions specifically included the proper functioning of the toilets and sinks, the proper operation of all windows, the proper functioning of drinking fountains, the regular extermination of the roaches that were infesting the area, the compliance with fire regulations, and the proper heating and cooling of the detention and attorneys' interview rooms.

The only information we have on this case is the 1977 consent decree.

Kaitlin Corkran - 05/22/2006


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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) Bureau of Operating Services
Department of Social Services
Municipal Services
Plaintiff Description Two juveniles detained at the Bronx Family Courthouse
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 1977 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1977
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Consent Order 01/17/1977
JI-NY-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dale, Michael J. (New York)
JI-NY-0003-0001
Schinitsky, Charles (New York)
JI-NY-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Richland, W. Bernard (New York)
JI-NY-0003-0001
Strauss, James (New York)
JI-NY-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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