Case: DOJ Investigation of the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana

Never Fiiled | No Court

Filed Date: 2004

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Case Summary

In February 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana, pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. and the pattern or practice provision of 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 juv…

In February 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana, pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. and the pattern or practice provision of 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 Plainfield violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: insufficient protection from harm, excessive force, 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.

On September 9, 2005, the DOJ issued a findings letter which detailed the violations and set out a series of minimum remedial measures to bring the facility up to constitutional standards.

On October 10, 2005, the Indiana Department of Correction closed the Plainfield facility for use by juveniles, with the intent to reopen the facility as an adult re-entry unit.

We have no further information on this matter.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (3/11/2008)

Related Cases

U.S. v. Indiana, Southern District of Indiana (2006)

People


Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Re: Investigation of the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana

Sept. 9, 2005

Sept. 9, 2005

Findings Letter/Report

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Indiana

Case Type(s):

Juvenile Institution

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2004

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility (Plainfield), City

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Assault/abuse by staff

Individualized planning

Rehabilitation

Sexual abuse by residents/inmates

Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff

Special education

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Medical/Mental Health:

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run