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Youth Law Center
The Youth Law Center is a public interest law firm that works to protect children in the nation's foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy and productive adults.

Since 1978, its lawyers have worked across the United States to reduce the use of out-of-home care and incarceration; ensure safe and humane conditions in out-of home placements; keep children out of adult jails; and secure equitable treatment for children in both systems.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 M.B. v. Tidball
2:17-cv-04102-NKL (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 06/12/2017 - Case Ongoing
Missouri
Missouri Department of Social Services
Child Welfare
CW-MO-0003
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2017, M.B., five minors in the Missouri foster care system (through their "Next Friends") filed this lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. The Plaintiffs sued the Interim Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Director of the Children’s Division (CD) of DSS, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, for alleged ... [view]
2 Porter v. Speirs
06AS03654 (State Court)
Filed 12/19/2006 - Closed
Sacramento County Juvenile Hall
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-CA-0015
San Benito County
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2006, a taxpayer filed an amended complaint in the Sacramento County, California, Superior Court naming, as defendants, the county's chief probation officer and the county's superintendent of schools. Plaintiff sought declaratory relief and to enjoin expenditure of public funds for alleged illegal conduct at the county's two ... [view]
3 L.H. v. Schwarzennegger
2:06-cv-02042-LKK-GGH (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/13/2006 - Closed 2014
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0008
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2006, several Department of Juvenile Justice parolees filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. (They amended the complaint a week later.) The plaintiffs sued California and the persons and entities administering California's juvenile parole system under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In their ... [view]
4 S.H. v. Stickrath
2:04-cv-01206-GCS-TPK (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 12/24/2004 - Closed 2014
Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS)
Juvenile Institution
JI-OH-0004
Coding Complete
On December 24, 2004, private civil rights attorneys and attorneys for the Youth Law Center, Inc. the Children's Law Center, Inc, and the Ohio Justice & Policy Center filed a § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, challenging the treatment of juveniles in the custody or under the supervision of ... [view]
5 Katie A. v. Bonta
2:02-cv-5662 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/18/2002 - Closed 2019
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Dept of Children and Family Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-CA-0005
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California on July 18, 2002, by the class of children and young adults who (a) are in the custody of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; (b) have a behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric impairment; and (c) need individualized mental health services. The suit is against ... [view]
6 Christina A. v. Bloomberg
4:00-cv-04036-LLP (D.S.D.)
Filed 02/24/2000 - Closed 2003
South Dakota State Training School at Plankinton
Juvenile Institution
JI-SD-0001
Plankinton
Coding Complete
On February 24, 2000, juvenile inmates at the South Dakota State Training School at Plankinton filed a civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400-1487 in the United States District Court, District of South Dakota, Southern Division, challenging conditions of confinement ... [view]
7 Mark A. v. Wilson
Civ-S-98-0041-LKK-DAD (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/08/1998 - Closed 1999
California Department of Social Services
Child Welfare
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-CA-0004
Coding Complete
This action involving California's Adoption Assistance Program was filed against the State of California on January 8, 1998, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs, children who are or will be in foster care, were represented by Youth Law Center; they sought declaratory and injunctive relief pursuant to ... [view]
8 Brian B. v. Stalder
3:98-cv-00886-JJB-SCR (M.D. La.)
Filed 1998 - Closed 2006
Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth (Tallulah)
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-LA-0006
Coding Complete
This is one of a collection of § 1983 inmate cases filed in Louisiana federal courts to challenge the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. These cases have worked their way through the federal courts over the last four decades and are part of this collection, ... [view]
9 In re Juvenile Justice Facilities
3:97-md-00001-FJP (M.D. La.)
Filed 1997 - Closed 2006
Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-LA-0008
Coding Complete
This case was part of the collection of § 1983 inmate cases that had been pending in the Louisiana federal courts, challenging the operation and conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system and in parish and city jails through Louisiana. See the cases categories PC-LA, JC-LA and JI-LA of this collection. Judge Frank J. Polozola of ... [view]
10 E. R. v. McDonnell
94-N-2816 (D. Colo.)
Filed 12/09/1994 - Closed 2001
Phillip B. Gilliam Youth Services Center
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-CO-0001
Denver
Coding Complete
On December 9, 1994, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all children detained at the Phillip B. Gilliam Youth Services Center (Gilliam) in Denver, Colorado, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, against the State of Colorado. The plaintiffs, who were represented by the ACLU of Colorado, the Youth Law Center, ... [view]
11 Valdivia v. Davis
2:94-cv-00671 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/02/1994 - Closed 2013
State of California
Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, Department of Corrections, Board of Prison Terms,
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
PC-CA-0052
Coding Complete
On May 2, 1994, a group of California parolees filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of California. Specifically, plaintiffs challenged California's parole revocation procedures under the Fourteenth Amendment and alleged that the state violated ... [view]
12 Doe v. Foti
93-1227 (E.D. La.)
Filed 04/14/1993 - Closed 2000
Orleans Parish
Concheta Facility, Orleans Parish Prison
Juvenile Institution
JI-LA-0002
Orleans Parish
Coding Complete
On April 14, 1993, juveniles confined in the Concheta Facility, Orleans Parish Prison, filed a class action suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Orleans Parish Sheriff and the Prison. The plaintiffs, represented by the Youth Law Center of San Francisco, CA, the ACLU and local ... [view]
13 Doe v. Younger
91-187 (E.D. Ky.)
Filed 11/21/1991 - Closed 1999
The Commonwealth of Kentucky
Juvenile Institution
JI-KY-0002
Coding Complete
On November 21, 1991, juveniles confined in the Kenton County Detention Center filed a class action lawsuit against Kenton County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5601 et seq., and applicable Kentucky constitutional provisions and statutes. Plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in the ... [view]
14 Melvin C. v. Shilling
91-497 (D. Md.)
Filed 02/22/1991 - Closed 1995
Maryland Deptartment of Corrections, Maryland Deptartment of Education
Maryland Correctional Facilities & Pre-release Units
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-MD-0001
Coding Complete
On February 22, 1991, Melvin C., an indigent minor in a Maryland Correctional Facility, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Plaintiff, along with 3 others, brought suit in forma paupris on behalf of themselves and all those similarly situated, seeking ... [view]
15 Keith G. v. Bilbray
626554 (State Court)
Filed 07/20/1990 - Closed 1995
San Diego County
Juvenile Institution
JI-CA-0006
Coding Complete
On July 20, 1990, a class action lawsuit was filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of San Diego on behalf of all juveniles currently detained at the San Diego Juvenile Hall, against San Diego County, California, and county corrections personnel. The plaintiffs, represented by the A.C ... [view]
16 Shaw v. San Francisco
915763 (State Court)
Filed 02/08/1990 - Closed 1999
San Francisco County
Youth Guidance Center
Juvenile Institution
JI-CA-0010
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On February 8, 1990, Ronayne and Michael Shaw filed a lawsuit against San Francisco County under the California State Constitution, the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and 20 U.S.C. § 1401 (the Education of the Handicapped Act) in the San Francisco County Superior Court. They alleged that conditions at the county's ... [view]
17 Nick O. v. Terhune
89-0755 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/25/1989 - Closed 2001
California Department of Corrections
Northern Reception Center Clinic of the California Youth Authority
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-CA-0008
Coding Complete
On May 25, 1989, a youth confined at the Northern Reception Center Clinic (NRCC) of the California Youth Authority (CYA) filed a class action lawsuit against the NRCC and the CYA pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the due process and equal protection clauses of the ... [view]
18 Doe v. Minidoka County
87-1356 (D. Idaho)
Filed 12/11/1987 - Closed 1991
Minidoka and Cassia County Jail system
Juvenile Institution
JI-ID-0002
Coding Complete
On December 11, 1987, a juvenile confined in the Minidoka and Cassia County Jail system filed a class action lawsuit, through his guardian, on behalf of all juveniles who are, have been, or would in the future be confined in Minidoka County and Cassia County Jails. The plaintiff brought his lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the sheriff ... [view]
19 Melvin P. v. Lauderdale County
87-HM-5128 (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 04/01/1987 - Closed 1989
Lauderdale County Jail
Lauderdale County Jail
Juvenile Institution
JI-AL-0003
Lauderdale County
Coding Complete
On April 1, 1987, Melvin P., a 17 year old a minor, filed class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against Lauderdale County, Alabama, several county commissioners, as well as police officers and judges. The plaintiff alleged that Lauderdale County Jail practices were in violation of his rights under ... [view]
20 Hollingsworth v. Orange County
51-08-65 (State Court)
Filed 01/02/1987 - Closed
Orange County Juvenile Hall
Juvenile Institution
JI-CA-0003
Orange County
Coding Complete
On January 2, 1987, plaintiffs filed a civil rights lawsuit in the Superior Court of Orange County, California, challenging conditions of confinement at the Orange County Juvenile Hall (OCJH). The lawsuit was a continuation of the litigation begun in Matt X. v Orange County. Case no. CV 86-5693 (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) ... [view]
21 M.M.B. v. Bonneville County
86-4244 (D. Idaho)
Filed 12/09/1986 - Closed 1986
Bonneville County
Bonneville County Jail
Juvenile Institution
JI-ID-0003
Bonneville County
Coding Complete
On December 9, 1986, a class action lawsuit was filed against Bonneville County, Idaho, in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho on behalf of all past, present, and future juveniles jailed at the Bonneville County Jail in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The plaintiffs, who were represented by the National Center for Youth Law and the ... [view]
22 Eric P. v. Cumberland County
2:86-cv-00265-GC (D. Me.)
Filed 08/25/1986 - Closed
Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine
Juvenile Institution
JI-ME-0002
Portland
Coding Complete
On August 25, 1986, juvenile plaintiffs filed this § 1983 civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine (Portland), challenging their conditions of confinement at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine. The Complaint sought for declaratory and injunctive relief, damages and class action status. Plaintiffs were ... [view]
23 Flores v. Reno [later Meese, Johnson, Kelly, Sessions]
2:85-cv-04544 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/11/1985 - Case Ongoing
Behavioral Systems Southwest
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-CA-0002
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a very longstanding class action addressing appropriate treatment of noncitizen children in federal immigration custody. On March 26, 2020, plaintiffs filed an emergency motion seeking promptly release due to COVID-19 risks. On March 27, 2020, the court issued an order to the federal agencies detaining immigrant children ... [view]
24 Baumgartner v. City of Long Beach
C547482 (State Court)
Filed 05/14/1985 - Closed
Long Beach City Jail
Juvenile Institution
JI-CA-0001
Coding Complete
On May 14, 1985, a resident of the City of Long Beach and the County of Los Angeles, filed suit under California State Law alleging violations of the 8th and 14th Amendments, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. The suit was filed against the City of Long Beach, the Mayor, Chief of Police, several City ... [view]
25 Robbins v. Glenn Co.
85-0675 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/14/1985 - Closed
Glenn County
Glenn County Jail
Juvenile Institution
JI-CA-0009
Glenn County
Coding Complete
On May 14, 1985, Lillian Robbins (administratrix of the estate of Kathy Robbins, deceased) filed a lawsuit against Glenn County, California. under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff, represented by the Youth Law Center, alleged that the civil rights of 15 year-old runaway Kathy ... [view]
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