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1 N.H. ex rel J.H. v. Edwards
3:20-cv-00293-JWD-EWD (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Louisiana
Juvenile Institution
JI-LA-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a joint class action lawsuit and habeas petition brought on behalf of children confined in four secure care facilities operated by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, seeking release and mitigation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs alleged that children are at-risk for contracting and transmitting ... [view]
2 Center for Juvenile Law and Policy v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County
B305558 (State Court)
Filed 04/15/2020 - Closed
Los Angeles Superior Court (juvenile)
Juvenile Institution
JI-CA-0026
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This petition, brought by the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and the Independent Juvenile Defender Program, sought the release of youth detainees in Los Angeles County. The plaintiffs sought a writ of mandamus to immediately reduce youth populations in juvenile halls, conduct an expedited review of eligible LA County ... [view]
3 In Re: J.B., L.H., L.S., R.P.
COA-MISC-0019-2019 (State Court)
Filed 04/02/2020 - Closed 2020
no defendants on record
Juvenile Institution
JI-MD-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a suit filed to obtain the release of as many juvenile detainees in Maryland as possible, due to COVID-19. The court denied to enter all the requested relief on April 4, 2020, but stated that each judge needed to communicate with juvenile justice stakeholders to make individualized release determinations. The case is now ... [view]
4 In re: the Petition of C.Z., A.O., and Z.S.-W., on behalf of all similarly situated individuals
24 EM 2020 (State Court)
Filed 04/01/2020 - Closed
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Juvenile Institution
JI-PA-0009
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: The Juvenile Law Center, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, and DLA Piper filed a petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requesting that they take immediate action to reduce the population of youth detentions in Pennsylvania. While the petition was denied, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania directed the Pennsylvania ... [view]
5 Freeman v. Hansell
451130/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
New York City
Administration for Children's Services
Juvenile Institution
JI-NY-0012
New York County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: In this case, 5 teens detained by Family Courts in New York City detention centers sued New York City's Administration for Children's Services seeking immediate release. On April 17, the petition for habeas corpus was denied. On March 25, 2020, 5 youth detained by Family Courts in New York City during pendency of their ... [view]
6 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. Newsom
S261827 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Closed 2020
Governor of California
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
JC-CA-0140
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This case was an emergency petition brought on behalf of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and criminal defense member organizations to challenge the conditions of incarceration in light of COVID-19 in California correctional facilities. The petitioners sought a release order to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated so ... [view]
7 G.H. v. Marstiller
4:19-cv-00431-MW-MJF (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 09/04/2019 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-FL-0008
Leon County
Coding Complete
On September 4, 2019, three minors represented by their legal guardians filed a complaint against the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Justice Institute, and Florida Legal ... [view]
8 C.S. v. King County
2:17-cv-01560-JCC (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 10/20/2017 - Case Ongoing
King County
Prison Conditions
Juvenile Institution
PC-WA-0028
King County
Coding Complete
On October 20, 2017, four minor plaintiffs, represented by their parents or guardians, filed a class action lawsuit against King County and the Kent School District in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, alleged that King County has violated ... [view]
9 A.T. v. Harder
9:17-cv-00817-TJM-DEP (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/25/2017 - Case Ongoing
Chenango Valley Central School District
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-NY-0011
Broome County
Coding Complete
On July 25, 2017, two minors, represented by Legal Services of Central New York, filed this putative class-action civil-rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, on behalf of all 16- and 17-year-old juveniles placed in solitary confinement in Broome County's jail, in Binghamton, NY. Both named plaintiffs were ... [view]
10 J.J. v. Litscher
3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 01/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wisconsin Department of Correction
Lincoln Hills School for Boys & Copper Lake School for Girls
Juvenile Institution
JI-WI-0004
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2017, four minor children confined to the state juvenile facilities Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued various state officials responsible for the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... [view]
11 DOJ Investigation of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-SC-0002
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 V.W. v. Conway
9:16-cv-01150-DNH-DEP (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/21/2016 - Closed 2019
Onondaga County
Sherriff, Justice Center
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
JI-NY-0010
Onondaga County
Coding Complete
On September 21, 2016, six named plaintiffs filed this class action lawsuit against Onondaga County in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Legal Services of Central New York, the plaintiffs challenged the isolation of juveniles in solitary confinement at ... [view]
13 T.S. v. Twentieth Century Fox Television, Inc.
1:16-cv-08303 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 08/24/2016 - Case Ongoing
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Juvenile Institution
JI-IL-0005
Coding Complete
On August 24, 2016, two children who were previously detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) filed this class action lawsuit against a group of Fox companies (collectively “Fox”), Cook County, Illinois, and various officials connected to the JTDC. The case was assigned to Judge Amy St. Eve. The complaint, filed ... [view]
14 Doe v. Hommrich
3:16-cv-00799 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 04/25/2016 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
Juvenile Institution
JI-TN-0006
Coding Complete
On April 25, 2016, a minor pre-trial detainee in the Rutherford County Detention Facility (“the Facility”) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiff sued the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) and its Commissioner, the Director of the Facility, an officer of the ... [view]
15 United States of America v. Leflore County, Mississippi
4:15-cv-00059-DMB-JMV (N.D. Miss.)
Filed 05/12/2015 - Case Ongoing
Leflore County
Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0011
Leflore County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ) began an investigation of conditions at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center ("LCJDC") in Greenwood, Mississippi pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C ... [view]
16 S.W. v. Williams
1:14-cv-896 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 11/23/2014 - Closed 2015
Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Juvenile Institution
JI-OH-0011
Coding Complete
On November 23, 2014, two African-American teenage males filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center and Hamilton County, Ohio. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, sought preliminary and permanent injunctive ... [view]
17 J.H. v. Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility
2:14-cv-01608 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 09/18/2014 - Closed 2015
Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility
Juvenile Institution
JI-OH-0009
Lancaster
Coding Complete
On September 18, 2014, a number of juvenile prisoners filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and damages, claiming that the ... [view]
18 G.F. v. Contra Costa County
3:13-cv-03667-MEJ (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/08/2013 - Case Ongoing
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County Office of Education
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
JI-CA-0024
Contra Costa County
Coding Complete
On August 8, 2013, detainees of the Costa County Juvenile Hall filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Contra Costa County, California. The plaintiffs, represented by counsel from the Disability Rights Advocates, alleged that defendants discriminated against disabled youth in the Contra Costa ... [view]
19 United States v. City of Meridian
3:13-cv-00978-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 10/29/2012 - Case Ongoing
City of Meridian
Juvenile Institution
Policing
JI-MS-0010
Lauderdale County
Coding Complete
On December 1, 2011, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Divisions launched an investigation of the Meridian Police Department and the Lauderdale County Youth Court pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000d. The DOJ expanded their investigation to include the Mississippi Division of Youth Services on June 29, 2012. On August 10, 2012 ... [view]
20 R.J. v. Bishop
1:12-cv-07289 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 09/12/2012 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Institution
JI-IL-0004
Coding Complete
On September 12, 2012, youth confined in facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the IDJJ. The plaintiffs, represented by counsel from the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ... [view]
21 R.B. v. Livers
2:12-cv-1502 (E.D. La.)
Filed 06/13/2012 - Closed
Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Institution
JI-LA-0011
Baton Rouge
Coding Complete
On June 13, 2012, three minors and one adult in the custody of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs sued OJJ and three OJJ detention centers (the Bridge City, Jetson, and Swanson Centers for Youth) under 42 U.S.C. § 1 ... [view]
22 Hughes v. Sheriff Grady Judd
8:12-cv-00568-SDM-MAP (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 03/15/2012 - Closed 2015
Polk County Jail
Central County Jail
Juvenile Institution
JI-FL-0006
Polk County
Coding Complete
On March 15, 2012, a group of juvenile prisoners in Central County Jail in Polk County filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Florida under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Though plaintiffs amended their complaint twice to include different defendants, the lawsuit proceeded against the Sheriff of Polk County and Corizon Health, Inc., the health care ... [view]
23 DOJ Investigation of Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2015
no defendants on record
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0012
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
24 J.H. v. Hinds County
3:11-cv-00327-DPJ-FKB (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/01/2011 - Case Ongoing
Hinds County
Henly-Young Juvenile Justice Center
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0008
Hinds County
Coding Complete
On June 1, 2011, a child imprisoned at the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against Hinds County, Mississippi under 42 U.S.C § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center, alleged that the county's confinement ... [view]
25 Disability Rights Mississippi v. Forrest County, Miss.
2:11cv53KS-MTP (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 03/27/2011 - Closed
Forrest County
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-MS-0009
Forrest County
Coding Complete
On March 27, 2011, Disability Rights Mississippi (the Protection and Advocacy organization for Mississippi) filed suit against Forrest County in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Plaintiff, represented by counsel from the Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, brought action for alleged violations of three ... [view]
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