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Case Name M.H. v. Monreal CJ-IL-0003
Docket / Court 1:12-cv-08523 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
On October 23, 2012, a teenager detained awaiting a parole revocation hearing filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People's Law Center, asked the court ... read more >
On October 23, 2012, a teenager detained awaiting a parole revocation hearing filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People's Law Center, asked the court for a declaratory judgment that the policies of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board regarding parole revocation hearings were unconstitutional. They also requested that the Court enjoin the defendant from subjecting juveniles awaiting a parole revocation hearing to these policies. The plaintiff alleged that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board was violating his due process rights by depriving him of counsel, not providing a timely hearing, and not allowing him to present evidence at his parole revocation hearing. The plaintiff also filed for class certification in a motion alongside the complaint. The case was initially assigned to Judge Samuel Der−Yeghiayan, and later reassigned to Judge Andrea Wood and referred to magistrate judges for settlement conferences.

In early 2014, the parties reached a consent judgment that was filed with the court. On May 2, 2014, the plaintiffs filed a new motion to certify a class for purposes of settlement. On May 8, the court preliminarily approved the settlement and class certification of "all juvenile parolees in the State of Illinois who currently or who will in the future face parole revocation proceedings." On July 25, 2014, an amended complaint was filed to include the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as a defendant and remove the governor. The court finally approved the class on July 31.

The court also finally approved the consent decree on August 28, 2014. The decree provided that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board must provide counsel during the parole revocation hearing process and included terms for the procedures for presentation of evidence at the hearings and the time frame for the hearing to take place. The parties also agreed to third party monitoring of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board's compliance with the decree for 18 months.

In February 2015, the plaintiffs filed to enforce the consent decree, arguing that the defendants refused to provide the documents necessary for the plaintiffs to evaluate compliance with the consent decree. However, they subsequently withdrew the motion in April 2015 after the plaintiffs received the information and documents they sought.

The monitor proceeded to file numerous reports over the next several years. On February 17, 2016, the monitor filed three reports were filed with the court for the past quarters. Each report indicated that the defendants were making progress toward complying with the consent decree, but that they were still not fully compliant. Two more reports were filed on September 19, 2016, indicating that "the spirit of the MH Consent Decree is being fulfilled and Defendants are in substantial compliance." The report also indicated that further monitoring was necessary to ensure that administration changes and budget issues did not threaten continued compliance. On April 26, 2017, the monitor filed two more reports indicating the same concern. The ninth quarter report on August 14, 2017 stated that there was still substantial compliance, but that a continued risk existed that certain individual cases would not be compliant and that the defendants were not complying with payment of fees to the monitor and youth attorneys.

The monitor subsequently continued to provide oral reports to the court at status hearings in 2018. In September, the monitor filed a letter with the court indicating their conclusions. They stated that the defendants were still not consistently complying with the paragraph of the consent decree requiring payment of representation for the youths' representation, which was the final provision left for the defendants to complete. However, since the youths had had continued representation, the monitor suggested there was no longer a need for active monitoring. On October 12, 2018, the court terminated the independent monitoring provision of the consent decree, which closed the case.

Steve Vnuk - 10/02/2014
Virginia Weeks - 09/27/2017
Keagan Potts - 03/18/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Defendant-type
Corrections
Law-enforcement
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Commitment procedure
Courts
Juveniles
Parole grant/revocation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Illionis Department of Juvenile Justice
Illionis Prisoner Review Board
State of Illinois
Plaintiff Description All juvenile parolees in the State of Illinois who currently or who will in the future face parole revocation proceedings
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2014 - 2018
Filing Year 2012
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:12-cv-8523 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/12/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
CJ-IL-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/23/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 65]
CJ-IL-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/25/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 71] (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0003-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/28/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 72] (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/28/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 72]
CJ-IL-0003-0019.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/28/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Compliance Report for Quarter 4 (November 2015 - January 2016) [ECF# 94]
CJ-IL-0003-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Independent Monitor Report, Quarter 3 (July-October 2015) [ECF# 95]
CJ-IL-0003-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Compliance Report for Quarter 3 (July 2015 – October 2015) [ECF# 96]
CJ-IL-0003-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Quarterly Compliance Report (February – April 2016) [ECF# 101]
CJ-IL-0003-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/19/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Quarterly Compliance Report (May – August 2016) [ECF# 102]
CJ-IL-0003-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/19/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Quarterly Compliance Report (September – December 2016) [ECF# 105]
CJ-IL-0003-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Quarterly Compliance Report (January – April 2017) [ECF# 106]
CJ-IL-0003-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree Quarterly Compliance Report (May – July 2017) [ECF# 108]
CJ-IL-0003-0017.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/14/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Letter From Independent Monitor [ECF# 121]
CJ-IL-0003-0018.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/21/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bedi, Sheila A. (Mississippi) show/hide docs
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Bowman, Locke E. III (Illinois) show/hide docs
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del Valle, Vanessa (Illinois) show/hide docs
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