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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation of W.J. Maxey Training School Whitmore Lake, MI JI-MI-0003
Docket / Court Never Filed ( No Court )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In June 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division launched an investigation into the conditions at the juvenile justice facility at the W.J. Maxey Training School in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et ... read more >
In June 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division launched an investigation into the conditions at the juvenile justice facility at the W.J. Maxey Training School in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. and the pattern or practice provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

Based on its investigation, the DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at Alexander violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: juvenile justice management, medical and mental health care, fire safety and educational services.

On April 19, 2004, the DOJ issued a findings letter which detailed the violations and set out a series of minimum remedial measures to bring the facility up to constitutional standards. The State accepted the recommendations and the parties entered into a Memorandum of Agreement January 5, 2005 to avoid litigation and to ensure compliance. By terms of the Agreement, monitoring of compliance was to last for a period of three years

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 03/11/2008


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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Education
Fire safety
Special education
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, general
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.
42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) W.J. Maxey Training School
Plaintiff Description U.S. 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 Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: CRIPA Investigation of W.J. Maxey Training School Whitmore Lake, MI 04/19/2004
JI-MI-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Memorandum of Understanding Between the State of Michigan and the United States Department of Justice 01/05/2005
JI-MI-0003-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
JI-MI-0003-0001

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