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Case Name Doe v. Henderson JI-TN-0002
Docket / Court A-7980-I ( State Court )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
National Center for Youth Law
Case Summary
Juvenile detainees at the Taft Youth Center, the Spencer Youth Center, and the Tennessee Reception and Guidance Center filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Corrections in the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, alleging excessive force and physical abuse, excessive ... read more >
Juvenile detainees at the Taft Youth Center, the Spencer Youth Center, and the Tennessee Reception and Guidance Center filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Corrections in the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, alleging excessive force and physical abuse, excessive discipline, sexual abuse, and failure to protect. The juveniles were represented by the Youth Legal Assistance Project, Legal Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the National Center for Youth Law, and the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Program.

On February 16, 1979, the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee (Chancellor Ben H. Cantrell) entered a consent decree prohibiting physical abuse, sexual abuse, and excessive discipline, as well as establishing a monitoring system and grievance procedures to protect the juveniles. We have no further information on this case.

Kristen Sagar - 11/26/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Disciplinary procedures
Personal injury
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Tennessee Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Students at the Taft Youth Center, Spencer Youth Center, and the Tennessee Reception and Guidance Center alleging abuse
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
National Center for Youth Law
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted Unknown
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 1979 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Agreed Order 02/16/1979
JI-TN-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Horst, Allston Vander (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Howard, David C. (Missouri)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Kozlowski, David Arthur (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Overby, Russell J. (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Shookhoff, Andrew Joseph (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Delaney, Robert L. (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Passino, Michael James (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0002-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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