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Case Name U.S. v. Arkansas JI-AR-0003
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-00162-SWW ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In May 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division launched an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Alexander Youth Services Center in Alexander, Arkansas, pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. and the ... read more >
In May 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division launched an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Alexander Youth Services Center in Alexander, Arkansas, 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 Alexander violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: mental health care and fire safety protections, education services and religious freedom. On November 8, 2002, the United States 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 Settlement Agreement to ensure compliance.

So that the Agreement could be judicially enforced, the DOJ filed a formal complaint on March 10, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. That same day, the parties filed a joint motion for approval of the Settlement Agreement. On March 10, 2003, the District Court (Chief Judge Susan W. Wright) approved the Agreement and adopted it as an order of the Court.

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
Education
Fire safety
Religious programs / policies
Special education
Suicide prevention
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
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.
42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Alexander Youth Services Center
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Division of Youth Services
State of Arkansas
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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
Marshall Project
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
Date: 2014
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:03-cv-00162-SWW (E.D. Ark.)
JI-AR-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/17/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
CRIPA Investigation of Alexander Youth Services Center -Alexander, Arkansas
JI-AR-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/08/2002
Complaint
JI-AR-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2003
Court Entered Settlement
JI-AR-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/12/2003
Judges Wright, Susan Webber (FISC, W.D. Ark., E.D. Ark.)
JI-AR-0003-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bellan, Maurice A. (District of Columbia)
JI-AR-0003-0002 | JI-AR-0003-0003 | JI-AR-0003-9000
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
JI-AR-0003-0001 | JI-AR-0003-0002 | JI-AR-0003-0003 | JI-AR-0003-9000
Cummins, H.E. Bud III (Arkansas)
JI-AR-0003-0002 | JI-AR-0003-0003 | JI-AR-0003-9000
Eichner, James (District of Columbia)
JI-AR-0003-0002 | JI-AR-0003-0003 | JI-AR-0003-9000
Preston, Judith C. (District of Columbia)
JI-AR-0003-0002 | JI-AR-0003-0003 | JI-AR-0003-9000
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
JI-AR-0003-0002 | JI-AR-0003-0003 | JI-AR-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Thalheimer, Lee S. (Arkansas)
JI-AR-0003-0003

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