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Case Name Jenkins v. King JI-TN-0003
Docket / Court 2832 ( State Court )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
Sometime before May of 1980, detained juveniles filed a lawsuit against Wilson County, Tennessee in the Chancery Court for Wilson County concerning the detention of juveniles in the Wilson County jail. Legal Services of Middle Tennessee represented the plaintiffs. On May 16, 1980, the court ( ... read more >
Sometime before May of 1980, detained juveniles filed a lawsuit against Wilson County, Tennessee in the Chancery Court for Wilson County concerning the detention of juveniles in the Wilson County jail. Legal Services of Middle Tennessee represented the plaintiffs. On May 16, 1980, the court (Judge Edward M. Turner) entered a partial consent decree agreed to by the parties.

The parties agreed that defendants would not allow any juvenile to be placed in detention in Wilson County Jail without authorization from the Juvenile Court. The parties further agreed that prior to a detention hearing, defendants would not detain a juvenile in the jail unless the public safety and protection reasonably required detention and the juvenile was either likely to flee, had no parent or guardian to provide supervision, or had been charged with committing an unruly act that made the juvenile an immediate danger to himself or others. Further, defendants agreed to not confine juveniles in the jail for longer than seventy-two hours unless the Juvenile Court found there was probable cause that the juvenile committed the alleged offense. We have no further information on this case other than the partial consent decree.

Emilee Baker - 05/23/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Disciplinary procedures
Youth / Adult separation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Wilson County
Plaintiff Description Juveniles detained at the Wilson County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1980 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Partial Consent Decree 05/16/1980
JI-TN-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Turner, Edward M. Court not on record
JI-TN-0003-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Shookhoff, Andrew Joseph (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Rochelle, Robert (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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