Tommy P. v. Spokane County

Tommy P. v. Spokane County was a state court action to insure that children in detention facilities would have a right to adequate education services during long terms of confinement. After trial, the Superior Court held that children have both federal and state constitutional rights to education during confinement, and ordered Spokane County officials to provide an educational program at the Spokane detention facility. The officials appealed to the Washington Supreme Court, which affirmed the Superior Court’s ruling.