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Case Name U.S. v. Indiana JI-IN-0005
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-00201-RLY-TAB ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In February 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Logansport Juvenile Intake/Diagnostic Facility in Logansport, Indiana, the South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility in South Bend, Indiana, pursuant to ... read more >
In February 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Logansport Juvenile Intake/Diagnostic Facility in Logansport, Indiana, the South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility in South Bend, Indiana, pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. 1997 (CRIPA), and 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 facility at South Bend violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: insufficient protection from harm, use of deadly force, grievance procedures, mental health care and special education services to juveniles with disabilities as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. § 1401. At Logansport, the DOJ concluded the mental health services were deficient.

On September 9, 2005, the DOJ issued two findings letter which detailed the violations at South Bend and Logansport 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 February 8, 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. That same day, the parties filed a joint motion for approval of the Settlement Agreement and conditional dismissal.

On February 14, 2006, District Court Judge Richard L. Young administratively closed and dismissed the case without prejudice, with final dismissal to come upon the passage of 3 years from the date of its filing or the State's earlier substantial compliance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

On February 3, 2009, Judge Young granted a joint motion to amend order of Conditional Dismissal. Both parties agreed that the South Bend facility was the only facility not in general substantial compliance with the agreement. Judge Young extended the conditional dismissal for one year to allow this facility to achieve compliance.

No action was taken until February 18, 2011, when Judge Young dismissed the case, holding that the settlement agreement had been fully complied with.

Kristen Sagar - 10/06/2008
Ian Sander - 10/23/2016

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Grievance Procedures
Restraints : physical
Special education
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Indiana Department of Corrections
Logansport Juvenile Intake/Diagnostic Facility
South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility
State of Indiana
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 2006 - 2009
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing JI-IN-0004 : DOJ Investigation of the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana (No Court)
Additional Resources
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  Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
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By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
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  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)
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  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 Faculty)
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
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1:06-cv-00201-RLY-TAB (S.D. Ind.)
JI-IN-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/18/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Re: Investigation of the Logansport Juvenile Intake/Diagnostic Facility, Indiana
JI-IN-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/09/2005
Re: Investigation of the South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana
JI-IN-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/09/2005
JI-IN-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/08/2006
Settlement Agreement Between the United States Department of Justice and the State of Indiana Concerning the Logansport Intake/Diagnostic Facility and the South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility
JI-IN-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/08/2006
Amended Order of Conditional Dismissal [ECF# 9] (S.D. Ind.)
JI-IN-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Baker, Tim A. (S.D. Ind.) [Magistrate]
Young, Richard L. (S.D. Ind.)
JI-IN-0005-0006 | JI-IN-0005-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aminfar, Amin (District of Columbia)
Brooks, Susan W. (Indiana)
JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-9000
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-0005
Cuncannan, Jacqueline (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-0005 | JI-IN-0005-9000
Hansher, Beth (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-0005
Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-0005
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0005-0002 | JI-IN-0005-0003 | JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-0005
Weiss, Daniel H. (District of Columbia)
JI-IN-0005-0004 | JI-IN-0005-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Carter, Stephen (Indiana)
Quigley, Thomas D (Indiana)

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