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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana JI-IN-0004
Docket / Court Never Fiiled ( No Court )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In February 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana, pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. and the ... read more >
In February 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana, 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 the juvenile facility at Plainfield violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: insufficient protection from harm, excessive force, mental health care and special education services to juveniles with disabilities as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA"), 20 U.S.C. § 1401.

On September 9, 2005, 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.

On October 10, 2005, the Indiana Department of Correction closed the Plainfield facility for use by juveniles, with the intent to reopen the facility as an adult re-entry unit.

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 03/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Individualized planning
Rehabilitation
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Special education
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility
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 None Yet / None
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
Case Listing JI-IN-0005 : U.S. v. Indiana (S.D. Ind.)
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: Investigation of the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana 09/09/2005
JI-IN-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0004-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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