Case: Eric P. v. Cumberland County

2:86-cv-00265 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Filed Date: Aug. 25, 1986

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Case Summary

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 represented by attorneys for the Youth Law Center.By order dated November 23, 1987, the District Court (Gene Carter) certified the case as a class act…

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 represented by attorneys for the Youth Law Center.

By order dated November 23, 1987, the District Court (Gene Carter) certified the case as a class action. The certified class consisted of all juveniles who were, had been, or would in the future be confined in the Cumberland County Jail. Following class certification, the parties reached a settlement of all of plaintiffs' claims for declaratory and injunctive relief.

A Consent Decree was entered by the District Court (Judge Gene Carter) on March 3, 1988. The Consent Decree provided for construction of a new Juvenile Detention Facility adjacent to the Cumberland County Jail by January 1, 1990. The Decree also called for defendants to implement changes in the following areas: classification and monitoring of juveniles; adequate medical and mental health services; access to attorneys and visitors; education and counseling; recreation and exercise; and training for all staff.

The PACER docket is limited and does not contain any filing entries or notations. We have no further information on this case.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/24/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Carter, Gene (Maine)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Knight, Daniel S. (Maine)

Shauffer, Carole B. (California)

Shotton, Alice C. (California)

Soler, Mark I. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Mittel, Robert Edmond (Maine)

Judge(s)

Carter, Gene (Maine)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Knight, Daniel S. (Maine)

Shauffer, Carole B. (California)

Shotton, Alice C. (California)

Soler, Mark I. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Mittel, Robert Edmond (Maine)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (Pacer)

Jan. 19, 1996 Docket

Complaint in Intervention. Civil Rights Complaint for Declaratory, Injunctive, and other Equitable Relief and Damages (Class Action)

July 22, 1987 Complaint

Consent Judgment

March 3, 1988 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link

CASE FILE SENT TO FEDERAL RECORDS CENTER (ARCHIVES) Accession No.: 21-92-0043 Box No.: 16 of 71 Location: A302368 Disposal Date: 1/12 (former employee) (Entered: 01/19/1996)

Jan. 19, 1996

State / Territory: Maine

Case Type(s):

Juvenile Institution

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 25, 1986

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All juveniles who are currently, have been, or in the future will be confined in the Cumberland County jail

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Youth Law Center

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine (Portland), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Juvenile Justice Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5672

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1986 - 0

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Education

Recreation / Exercise

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Totality of conditions

Visiting

Youth / Adult separation

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run