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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Franklin (PA) JI-PA-0003
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted an investigation of the VisionQuest Juvenile Detention Facility in Franklin, Pennsylvania pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. The Justice Department issued its findings on August 4, 1994, ... read more >
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted an investigation of the VisionQuest Juvenile Detention Facility in Franklin, Pennsylvania pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. The Justice Department issued its findings on August 4, 1994, which uncovered several unconstitutional conditions. The DOJ found that VisionQuest staff members subjected juveniles to serious physical and mental abuse, including punching, hitting, headlocks, headbutts, screaming matches, and choking restraints. Juveniles were allegedly forced to stand in the cold as punishment, received inadequate food and educational services, and endured unsanitary and crowded conditions.

The Justice Department instructed VisionQuest to remedy the situation by changing its policies and increasing staff training to prevent physical and mental abuse. VisionQuest was also ordered to provide special educational services to its residents, increase the hygienic protection of the facility, and provide individualized treatment plans to each resident.

We have no further information on steps the city took to address the problems.

Kristen Sagar - 11/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Aggressive behavior
Assault/abuse by staff
Disciplinary procedures
Education
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Personal injury
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, unspecified
Untreated pain
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) VisionQuest Juvenile Detention Facility
VisionQuest Juvenile Detention Facility in Franklin, PA
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
Findings Letter re: VisionQuest Juvenile Detention Facility 08/04/1994
JI-PA-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Kilberg, William (District of Columbia)
JI-PA-0003-0001
Other Lawyers Masling, Mark S. (District of Columbia)
JI-PA-0003-0001

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