Case: DOJ CRIPA Investigation Re: Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls

Never Filed | No Court

Filed Date: 2000

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Case Summary

In 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls (Central Juvenile Hall, Los Parings Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nixdorf Juvenile Hall), 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 conclude…

In 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ) launched an investigation into the conditions at the Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls (Central Juvenile Hall, Los Parings Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nixdorf Juvenile Hall), 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 facilities violated the constitutional and statutory rights of juvenile residents in the areas of: medical and mental health care, sanitation, use of chemical spray, insufficient protection from harm, rehabilitation, education, telephone use, religious programming, translation services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) youth, and grievance procedures.

On April 9, 2003, 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. The State accepted the recommendations and the parties entered into a voluntary Settlement Agreement on August 12, 2004 to ensure compliance.

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Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (3/11/2008)


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)

Boyd, Marion Speed (Tennessee)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Cardona, George S. (California)

Hansher, Beth (District of Columbia)

Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)

Preston, Judith (Judy) C. (District of Columbia)

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Shoenberg, Dana (District of Columbia)

Simpson, Tammi R. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)

Boyd, Marion Speed (Tennessee)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Cardona, George S. (California)

Hansher, Beth (District of Columbia)

Kim, Wan J. (District of Columbia)

Preston, Judith (Judy) C. (District of Columbia)

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Shoenberg, Dana (District of Columbia)

Simpson, Tammi R. (District of Columbia)

Yang, Deborah W. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Fortner, Raymond G. Jr. (California)

Gale, Shari Kim (California)

Shay, Monique (California)

Trask, Gordon (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Re: Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls

April 9, 2003 Findings Letter/Report

Agreement Between the United States, Los Angeles County and The Los Angeles County Office of Education

Aug. 12, 2004 Settlement Agreement

First Amendment to Memorandum of Agreement between the United States and the County of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County of Education

Aug. 22, 2007 Settlement Agreement

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: 2000

Case Ongoing: No

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

Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, Los Angeles), County

Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls (Los Angeles), County

Central Juvenile Hall (Los Angeles), County

Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall (Los Angeles), County

Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall (Los Angeles), County

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: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Assault/abuse by staff

Bathing and hygiene

Classification / placement

Counseling

Education

Fire safety

Grievance Procedures

Individualized planning

Language access/needs

Pepper/OC spray

Phone

Religious programs / policies

Restraints : chemical

Restraints : physical

Sanitation / living conditions

Special education

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, unspecified

Medication, administration of

Mental health care, general

Suicide prevention

Type of Facility:

Government-run