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Case Name Hull v. Hicks JI-OH-0003
Docket / Court 80-101 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
In approximately 1980, juveniles at the Athens County Juvenile Detention Center filed a class action lawsuit against the County of Athens in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that their confinement in the detention center ... read more >
In approximately 1980, juveniles at the Athens County Juvenile Detention Center filed a class action lawsuit against the County of Athens in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that their confinement in the detention center violated certain of their constitutional and statutory rights. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief and money damages.

On March 5, 1981, the district court (Judge Robert M. Duncan) certified the class to include all juveniles under the age of eighteen who were or would be confined in the Athens County Juvenile Detention Center since September 1, 1978. On November 9, 1982, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. This was conditioned on the plaintiffs' class filing an application with the court for authority to settle the matter, which the named plaintiffs filed on November 12, 1982.

On November 18, 1982, the district court ordered for a hearing on the proposed settlement agreement to take place on December 14, 1982. Based on that hearing the court (Judge Duncan) issued a consent decree finding the proposed settlement fair and reasonable. The settlement agreement covered issues including how rooms should be furnished, proper procedures for initial intake, standards for pre-hearing detention, guidelines for fingerprinting and photographing, required standards for medical attention, procedures for handling intoxicated juveniles, notification of law enforcement agencies, and monthly exchange of information between the Sheriff and counsel for plaintiffs and the district court. We have no further information on this case.

Emilee Baker - 05/24/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Disciplinary procedures
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Athens County Juvenile Detention Center and the Athens County Jail (def)
Athens County, Ohio
Plaintiff Description All juveniles under the age of eighteen who were or would be confined in the Athens County Juvenile Detention Center since September 1, 1978
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1982 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Consent Decree 12/16/1982 (S.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Duncan, Robert Morton (S.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gwinn, Susan L. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001
Murphy, Denis J. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Robe, Edward S. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001
Sloan, Steven T. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001
Yanity, Joseph B. Jr. (Ohio)
JI-OH-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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