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Case Name DOJ CRIPA Investigation Re: Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls JI-CA-0017
Docket / Court Never Filed ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls (Central Juvenile Hall, Los Parings Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nixdorf Juvenile Hall), pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons ... read more >
In 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls (Central Juvenile Hall, Los Parings Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nixdorf Juvenile Hall), 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 facilities violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: medical and mental health care, sanitation, use of chemical spray, insufficient protection from harm, rehabilitation, education, telephone use, religious programming, translation services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) youth, and grievance procedures.

On April 9, 2003, 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 voluntary Settlement Agreement on August 12, 2004 to ensure compliance.

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
Bathing and hygiene
Classification / placement
Counseling
Education
Fire safety
Grievance Procedures
Individualized planning
Language/ethnic/minority needs
Pepper/OC spray
Phone
Religious programs / policies
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Sanitation / living conditions
Special education
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, unspecified
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
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.
Defendant(s) Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall
Central Juvenile Hall
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls
Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall
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 not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Re: Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls 04/09/2003
JI-CA-0017-0001 PDF | Detail
Agreement Between the United States, Los Angeles County and The Los Angeles County Office of Education 08/12/2004
JI-CA-0017-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0017-0001
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Shoenberg, Dana (District of Columbia)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Yang, Deborah W. (California)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Fortner, Raymond G. Jr. (California)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Gale, Shari Kim (California)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Shay, Monique (California)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Trask, Gordon (California)
JI-CA-0017-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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