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Case Name W.C. v. DeBruyn JI-IN-0003
Docket / Court 1:90-cv-40 ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On January 16, 1990, juveniles at the Indiana Boys School, a correctional facility in Plainfield, Indiana, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all present and future students against the superintendent of the school and commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1 ... read more >
On January 16, 1990, juveniles at the Indiana Boys School, a correctional facility in Plainfield, Indiana, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all present and future students against the superintendent of the school and commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs, who were represented by Legal Services of Indiana, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that the school's confinement conditions violated the juveniles' constitutional rights. They sought to reduce overcrowding and to increase the school's staff. They also sought changes in the school's medical, psychiatric and special education services.

On September 26, 1991, the parties entered into a Consent Decree. The Decree called for the defendants to lower the population of the school and to amend the school's disciplinary policies in accordance with the American Correctional Association standards. They also agreed to rehabilitate the medical unit and to provide more comprehensive services; to offer appropriate education, including individualized educational programs for students with disabilities; and to provide psychiatric treatment. Finally, the Decree required the defendants to pay for the plaintiffs' attorneys fees, and the plaintiffs to notify the class members of the proposed settlement terms. The Consent Decree provided for continued monitoring of the school's conditions for three years. On December 20, 1991, the court (Judge Sarah Evans Barker) entered a judgment approving the terms of the Consent Decree.

In May 1993, the plaintiffs sought to hold the defendants in contempt for violating the Decree. Subsequently the parties engaged in negotiations, and in what appears to be December 1993, the parties entered stipulations to amend the Decree.

On July 7, 1994, the court (Judge Barker) entered an order modifying the terms of the Consent Decree. The court ordered the school's population to be capped at 490, and to work to reduce the population to 400.

On February 22, 1995, the court (Judge Barker) entered an order in response to the parties' dispute over the amount of attorneys fees the defendants owed the plaintiffs. The court ordered the defendants to pay $4,135.00. W.C. v. DeBruyn, 833 F. Supp. 354 (S.D. Ind. 1995).

Thereafter, the parties continued to dispute the timeline for reducing the school's population and for adhering to other conditions of the Consent Decree.

On August 31, 2005, the District Court (Judge Barker) granted the defendants' unopposed motion to terminate the prospective relief in the case, under the provisions of the Prison Litigation Reform Act. The Court terminated the Consent Decree, as amended, and the case was closed.

Laura Uberti - 05/20/2006

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Pre-PLRA Population Cap
Disciplinary procedures
Disciplinary segregation
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Indiana Boys School
Indiana Department of Corrections and Indiana Boys School
Plaintiff Description All present and future students at the Indiana Boys School.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Granted
Filed Pro Se Unknown
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 1991 - 2005
Filed 01/16/1990
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
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Court Docket(s)
S.D. Ind.
JI-IN-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
S.D. Ind.
Complaint / Class Action
JI-IN-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
S.D. Ind.
Stipulation to Enter Consent Decree Following Notice to the Class [ECF# 20]
JI-IN-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
S.D. Ind.
Parties' Stipulation to Withdraw Contempt Pleading and Stipulation to Amend Settlement
JI-IN-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
S.D. Ind.
Order [ECF# 556]
JI-IN-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
S.D. Ind.
Entry [ECF# 565] (883 F.Supp. 354)
JI-IN-0003-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Google Scholar
S.D. Ind.
Order Terminating Prospective Relief [ECF# 623]
JI-IN-0003-0005.pdf | Detail
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Judges Barker, Sarah Evans (S.D. Ind.) show/hide docs
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Monitors/Masters Godich, John Paul (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Jubinsky, Grace (Indiana) show/hide docs
Pappas, Tracy T. (Indiana) show/hide docs
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