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Case Name CRIPA Investigation, Hammond (LA) ID-LA-0002
Docket / Court N/A ( No Court )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On December 20, 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of its intention to investigate the Hammond Developmental Center, a state-run facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, in Hammond, Louisiana, pursuant to the Civil Rights ... read more >
On December 20, 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of its intention to investigate the Hammond Developmental Center, a state-run facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, in Hammond, Louisiana, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1997 et seq. The Department of Justice suspected that the conditions of confinement at Hammond violated the residents' constitutional rights, and it asked the Health and Human Services officials for any complaints of abuse, neglect, and inappropriate use of restraints they may have received.

The investigation was initiated upon the recommendation of the Special Litigation Section of the Department of Justice on October 16, 1996. That division had received calls from Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals describing abuse, neglect, and the use of chemical and physical restraints in lieu of adequate behavioral treatment; the Special Litigation Division had also separately received reports from residents' families containing similar details.

We have only the Department of Justice's letters in the file, so we have no further information about the outcome of the investigation or what actions, if any, the institution took to address the concerns.

Laura Uberti - 07/21/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Neglect by staff
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Mental Disability
Developmental disability without intellectual disability
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Hammond Developmental Center
Plaintiff Description United States 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
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum re: Recommendation to Investigate Hammond Developmental Center, Hammond, Louisiana
ID-LA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/16/1996
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Findings Letter re: CRIPA Investigation of Hammond Developmental Center, Hammond, Louisiana
ID-LA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/20/1996
Plaintiff's Lawyers Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0002-0001 | ID-LA-0002-0002
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-LA-0002-0001

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