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Case Name Aguilar v. Mitchell JI-WA-0003
Docket / Court C-77-254 ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On September 9, 1977, a juvenile detained at the juvenile detention center in the Walla Walla County Courthouse, in Washington, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington against state judges, county commissioners, and ... read more >
On September 9, 1977, a juvenile detained at the juvenile detention center in the Walla Walla County Courthouse, in Washington, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington against state judges, county commissioners, and administrators of Court Services of Walla Walla County. The class consisted of all juveniles who had been confined in the juvenile detention center since 1975, who were confined in the detention center at the time the complaint was filed, and who would be confined in the detention center. Evergreen Legal Services represented the class. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief along with damages, alleging that the policies and conditions at the juvenile detention center violated the constitutional guarantees of free association, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, equal protection, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, due process, and privacy.

According to the complaint, juveniles were confined in the juvenile detention center while they awaited trial, awaited their disposition hearing, awaited implementation of the disposition decision, or served sentences. The cells were small, dirty, poorly lit, and poorly ventilated. The juveniles were locked in their cells twenty-four hours a day. Showers were only allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The detained juveniles were not provided with educational, recreational, social, psychological, or other services necessary for incarcerated juveniles.

The only information we have on this case is the complaint that was filed on September 9, 1977.

Kaitlin Corkran - 05/24/2006


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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Education
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Mail
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Walla Walla County
Plaintiff Description all juveniles who were or would be confined in the Walla Walla Juvenile Detention Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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
Complaint (Class Action) 09/09/1977
JI-WA-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Corrigan, Charles E. (Washington)
JI-WA-0003-0001
Fox, Michael J. (Washington)
JI-WA-0003-0001
Pirie, Ellen (Washington)
JI-WA-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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