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Case Name A.A. v. Wackenhut JI-LA-0007
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-00246-FJP ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
This is one of a collection of § 1983 inmate cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts over the last ... read more >
This is one of a collection of § 1983 inmate cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts over the last four decades and are part of this collection, located at PC-LA, JC-LA and JI-LA.

In this case, private plaintiffs filed a civil rights class action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to challenge the abusive and inhumane conditions inflicted upon juveniles confined at the Jena Juvenile Justice Center ("Jena") in Jena, Louisiana.

The lawsuit followed the November 1998 filing of the case, U.S. v. Louisiana, [JI-LA-1] which alleged unconstitutional conditions of confinement at other juvenile detention centers in Jetson, Bridge City, Swanson and Tallulah, Louisiana.

In April 2000, the DOJ, plaintiffs and defendants entered into a settlement agreement ("the Jena Agreement") to resolve demands for preliminary injunctive relief sought by the DOJ in U.S. v. State of Louisiana, and by the Private Plaintiffs in A.A., et al. v. Wackenhut Corrections Corp., et al. CIV.A. 00-246-B-M1 [JI-LA-7] regarding conditions at Jena Juvenile Justice Center. The District Court (Judge Frank J. Polozola) approved the Agreement on April 13, 2000. An amendment to the Jena Agreement was filed on May 9, 2000.

On October 3, 2000, the District Court approved the Joint Settlement Agreement for Medical, Dental, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Juvenile Justice Issues ("2000 Settlement Agreement") reached in this case and the cases, U.S. v. Louisiana, was consolidated with Williams v. Edwards, Civ. No. 71-98-B [PC-LA-1] and Brian B. v. Stadler, Civ. No. 98-886-B-M1 [JI-LA-6] and In Re: Juvenile Facilities ) Civ. No. Ch 97-Ms-001-B [JI-LA-8].

The case was ordered administratively closed and no further activity was noted on the PACER docket as of the date of this summary.

Dan Dalton - 02/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Confinement/isolation
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Loss or damage to property
Parents (visitation, involvement)
Rehabilitation
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Jena Juvenile Justice Center
Plaintiff Description Juveniles who are now or in the future will be confined at the Jena Juvenile Justice Center in Jena, Louisiana, and who are subject to abusive and inhumane conditions
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 2000 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing JI-LA-0001 : United States v. Louisiana (M.D. La.)
PC-LA-0001 : Williams v. McKeithen (M.D. La.)
JI-LA-0006 : Brian B. v. Stalder (M.D. La.)
JI-LA-0008 : In re Juvenile Justice Facilities (M.D. La.)
Docket(s)
3:00-cv-00246-FJP (M.D. La.) 09/13/2001
JI-LA-0007-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint (Class Action) 04/03/2000
JI-LA-0007-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
JI-LA-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Celeste, Gabriella (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0007-0001 | JI-LA-0007-9000
Denlinger, June E. (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0007-0001 | JI-LA-0007-9000
Nordyke, Keith B (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0007-0001 | JI-LA-0007-9000
Utter, David J. (Louisiana)
JI-LA-0007-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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