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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Pineville (LA) ID-LA-0001
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-00015-JJB-CN ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On September 19, 1994, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) instituted an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Pinecrest Developmental Center in Pineville, Louisiana, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. The ... read more >
On September 19, 1994, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) instituted an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Pinecrest Developmental Center in Pineville, Louisiana, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. The investigation was instituted due to concerns that the constitutional rights of the residents at Pinecrest were being violated by abuse, neglect, inadequate medical care, inadequate psychiatric care, and failure to provide residents with adequate training.

On October 12, 1994, the DOJ issued a letter to the state of Louisiana, informing the governor of their intention to investigate the conditions at Pinecrest. From January 9-13, 1995, the DOJ conducted an investigative tour of the facility. On June 29, 1995, the DOJ issued a findings letter to the governor, informing him that they had found unconstitutional conditions at the facility, including inadequate psychiatric care, inadequate behavioral programs, inadequate training programs, excessive use of restraints, inadequate medical care, inadequate nursing services, inadequate nutrition, inadequate occupational therapy, inadequate physical therapy, inadequate record-keeping, and inadequate staffing.

On January 12, 2004, the DOJ filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. On that same day, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, which was approved by Judge James J. Brady. The agreement provided for changes in the areas of restraints, protection from abuse and harm, protection of resident possessions from theft, record-keeping, medical care, dental care, mental healthcare, placement of residents in the least confining environment possible, and nutrition.

On June 15, 2007, Judge Brady granted the parties' joint motion to dismiss.

Kristen Sagar - 03/21/2007
Jessica Kincaid - 04/09/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Disability
Least restrictive environment
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Education
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Neglect by staff
Record-keeping
Restraints : physical
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Mental Disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
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.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Pinecrest Developmental Center
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 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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:04-cv-00015-JJB-CN (M.D. La.) 07/03/2007
ID-LA-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Recommendation to Investigate Pinecrest Developmental Center 09/19/1994
ID-LA-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Notice Letter re: Pinecrest Developmental Center, Pineville, Louisiana 10/12/1994
ID-LA-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Pinecrest Developmental Center, Pineville, Louisiana 06/29/1995
ID-LA-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 01/12/2004
ID-LA-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Complaint 01/12/2004
ID-LA-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 06/15/2007 (M.D. La.)
ID-LA-0001-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brady, James J. (M.D. La.)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0006 | ID-LA-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005
Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0005
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005
Dugas, David R. (Louisiana)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005
Farano, Richard J. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005 | ID-LA-0001-9000
Gaupp, John (Louisiana)
ID-LA-0001-9000
Gerhart, Sarah H. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-9000
Low, Daniel L. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005
Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0001 | ID-LA-0001-0002 | ID-LA-0001-0003
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0003
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005 | ID-LA-0001-9000
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004
Skinner, Michael D. (Louisiana)
ID-LA-0001-0001 | ID-LA-0001-0002 | ID-LA-0001-0003
Welsh, Elizabeth A (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0001-0004 | ID-LA-0001-0005 | ID-LA-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Dawkins, Kathleen (Louisiana)
ID-LA-0001-9000
Ieyoub, Richard P. (Louisiana)
ID-LA-0001-0001 | ID-LA-0001-0003
Perez, Frank (Texas)
ID-LA-0001-0002 | ID-LA-0001-0004
Riffle, Elizabeth P (Louisiana)
ID-LA-0001-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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