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Case Name CRIPA Investigation of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department JI-TX-0005
Docket / Court N/A ( No Court )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s)
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On October 13, 2021, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division announced that it had opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in five secure juvenile correctional facilities run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The investigation was intended to determine whether Texas ... read more >
On October 13, 2021, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division announced that it had opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in five secure juvenile correctional facilities run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The investigation was intended to determine whether Texas provided children reasonable protection from excessive use of restraints, excessive use of isolation, and physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents. It also examined whether Texas provided adequate mental health care to young people in the facilities. The investigation was conducted under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Person Act (CRIPA) and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and was conducted jointly with the U.S. Attorneys' offices in the Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Justin Hill - 10/14/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Confinement/isolation
Excessive force
Restraints : chemical
Restraints : physical
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 2021
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Review of the Use of Monitors in Civil Settlement Agreements and Consent Decrees Involving State and Local Government Entities
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 9/13/2021
By: Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assoc. AG Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Date: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Faculty)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

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