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Case Name Manning v. Matheson JI-UT-0003
Docket / Court 75-34 ( D. Utah )
State/Territory Utah
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On May 29, 1975, juveniles confined in the State Youth Development Center (YDC) in Utah filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah against the Governor, the Department of Social Services, the Division of Family Services, and the Utah ... read more >
On May 29, 1975, juveniles confined in the State Youth Development Center (YDC) in Utah filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah against the Governor, the Department of Social Services, the Division of Family Services, and the Utah State Youth Development Center. The class consisted of all juveniles who were or would be committed to the YDC. The ACLU, the National Juvenile Law Center, Utah Legal Services Corporation, and private counsel represented the class. The plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief, alleging that the conditions at the YDC violated the statutory right to receive individualized treatment in the least restrictive manner and setting, and the constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection.

After discovery and negotiation, the parties reached an agreement. On January 22, 1981, the District Court (Chief Judge Aldon J. Anderson) entered a stipulated order. The purpose of the order was to "achieve a safe, humane, caring environment and access to required services that will provide for normal growth and development and allow youth to lead lives as close to normal as possible." The order provided for the placement of juveniles in the least restrictive alternative, and notification for the juveniles of the rules and policies at the YDC. All juveniles were to be provided with rooms equipped with a bed and bedding, a shower daily, the right to retain personal clothing, an hour of exercise daily, educational programs, visitation, access to the telephone, and products required to maintain personal hygiene. The order further provided for limitations on the use of behavior modifications, restrictions on the use of isolation and prohibited physical, psychological, or verbal abuse. The detention of juveniles pre-adjudication, the censorship of mail, and the interstate transfer of juveniles were prohibited.

The only document we have in this file is the stipulated order.

Kristen Sagar - 11/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Bathing and hygiene
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Education
Mail
Phone
Recreation / Exercise
Rehabilitation
Sanitation / living conditions
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Department of Social Services
Division of Family Services
State of Utah
Utah State Youth Developmental Center
Plaintiff Description All juveniles who were or would be committed to the Youth Development Center.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1981 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Stipulated Order 01/22/1981 (D. Utah)
JI-UT-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Anderson, Aldon Junior (D. Utah)
JI-UT-0003-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Collard, Kathryn (Utah)
JI-UT-0003-0001
Custen, Martin W. (Utah)
JI-UT-0003-0001
Massey, James T. (Oregon)
JI-UT-0003-0001
Swanger, Harry F. (Missouri)
JI-UT-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Barlow, Craig L. (Utah)
JI-UT-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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