Case: CRIPA Investigation, San Francisco (CA)

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Filed Date: 1985

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Case Summary

In 1985, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights division opened an investigation of the San Francisco Youth Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. Investigators found the Youth Guidance Center operated in a manner which violated the constitutional rights of juvenile detainees. Specifically, the Youth Guidance Center imposed unreasonable punishment both by arbitrarily denying juveniles access to toilets and by random…

In 1985, the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights division opened an investigation of the San Francisco Youth Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. Investigators found the Youth Guidance Center operated in a manner which violated the constitutional rights of juvenile detainees.

Specifically, the Youth Guidance Center imposed unreasonable punishment both by arbitrarily denying juveniles access to toilets and by randomly subjecting juveniles to isolation. The Youth Guidance Center's staff, further, inadequately monitored detainees placed in isolation. The City of San Francisco refused to address these issues formally by entering into a consent decree with the Justice Department.

On June 12, 1991, the Justice Department issues its Notice of Findings. In addition to the constitutional violations, investigators discovered that the facility's fire alarm and prevention system was not functional. The Justice Department recommended that all deficiencies be addressed and renewed its offer to negotiate a consent decree.

We have no further information on the actions taken by either the City or the Justice Department to address these problems.

Summary Authors

Elizabeth Chilcoat (5/18/2006)


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Giorgi, Lorette (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dunne, John R. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Giorgi, Lorette (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Findings Letter re: San Francisco Youth Guidance Center

CRIPA Investigation

June 12, 1991 Findings Letter/Report

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Juvenile Institution

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1985

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

San Francisco, City

San Francisco Youth Guidance Center, City

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Issues

General:

Disciplinary procedures

Disciplinary segregation

Fire safety

Affected Gender:

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run