Juveniles in Jails / Prisons

Supplemental Amicus Curiae Letter of Pacific Juvenile Defender Center and Juvenile Law Center on Behalf of Defendant and Appellant Rodrigo Caballero

Sue Burrell wrote this letter on behalf of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center to the Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to answer the court's question of wh... MORE

Application of Pacific Juvenile Defender Center for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Appellant Rodrigo Caballero, and Amicus Curiae Brief

This amicus curiae brief was filed on behalf of appellant Rodrigo Caballero. The issue in appellant's case concerned whether a sentence, imposed on a juvenile convicted of committing non-homicide off... MORE

DJJ’s Implementation of AB 1628 Transferring Post-Release Supervision to County Probation

This memo summarizes a presentation at a public meeting of the Juvenile Parole Board (JPB) on January 31, 2011, at which Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) representatives explained how they will impl... MORE

Graham v. Sullivan Amicus

The Youth Law Center is one of the Amici Curiae in this brief to the Supreme Court supporting the elimination of life without possibility of parole. MORE

Stauring v. Baca Complaint

Stauring v. Baca, filed in December 2003, charges that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department violates the First Amendment rights of religious volunteers working at the Los Angeles county jail. The suit... MORE

AB 945 (Nunez) - California Legislative Session 2003-2004

The Youth Law Center sponsored this bill, which makes it more difficult for youth being tired as adults to be routinely transferred to adult jails. The bill was enacted into law. It adds Welfare and... MORE

Melvin C. v. Schilling Maryland Correctional Special Education Action Plan

The Youth Law Center in collaboration with the Public Justice Center, Inc. and two private attorneys, filed Melvin C. v. Schilling against the Maryland Department of Education and the Department of Pu... MORE

Melvin C. v. Schilling Complaint

The Youth Law Center in collaboration with the Public Justice Center, Inc. and two private attorneys, filed Melvin C. v. Schilling against the Maryland Department of Education and the Department of Pu... MORE

John Doe v. Minidoka County Settlement Agreement

John Doe v. Minidoka County was a civil rights class action challenging the conditions of confinement for juveniles and the policies and practices of defendants for confining juveniles in the Minidoka... MORE

Melvin P. v. Lauderdale County Order

Melvin P. v. Lauderdale County was a lawsuit challenging the confinement of juveniles in cells normally used for solitary confinement of adult inmates in the Lauderdale County jail. Children were bein... MORE

John Doe v. Minidoka County Amended Complaint

John Doe v. Minidoka County was a civil rights class action challenging the conditions of confinement for juveniles and the policies and practices of defendants for confining juveniles in the Minidoka... MORE

Eric P. v. Cumberland County Complaint

Eric P. v. Cumberland County was filed on behalf of a young boy who was sexually assaulted by an older adolescent in a county jail cell. The assault was the result of inadequate screening of new inmat... MORE

M.M.B. v. Bonneville County Amended Consent Judgment

M.M.B. v. Bonneville County was filed by attorneys from the Youth Law Center and the National Center for Youth Law to end the incarceration of children in the Bonneville County jail. Attorneys found t... MORE

Melvin P. v. Lauderdale County Complaint

Melvin P. v. Lauderdale County was a lawsuit challenging the confinement of juveniles in cells normally used for solitary confinement of adult inmates in the Lauderdale County jail. Children were bein... MORE

Baumgartner v. City of Long Beach Stipulated Judgment and Permanent Injunction

Baumgartner v. City of Long Beach, a taxpayer lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach, and the Los Angeles Department of Children's Services, challenged the incarceration of ... MORE

Robbins v. Glenn County Consent Judgment

Robbins v. Glenn County was a civil rights damage action against rural Glenn County in northern California, where a 15-year-old girl committed suicide while incarcerated in the county jail. In early 1... MORE

M.M.B. v. Bonneville County Complaint

M.M.B. v. Bonneville County was filed by attorneys from the Youth Law Center and the National Center for Youth Law to end the incarceration of children in the Bonneville County jail. Attorneys found t... MORE

Hunt v. Los Angeles Permanent Injunction

Hunt v. Los Angeles, a taxpayer lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, challenged locking children in the Lennox Sheriff's Substation. In May, 1986, the Lo... MORE

Eric P. v. Cumberland County Consent Judgment

Eric P. v. Cumberland County was filed on behalf of a young boy who was sexually assaulted by an older adolescent in a county jail cell. The assault was the result of inadequate screening of new inmat... MORE

Desrosiers v. Androscoggin County Consent Judgment

Desrosiers v. Androscoggin County challenged the conditions of confinement in a county jail in Maine and was filed in April 1985 on behalf of a boy who spent over two months in this adult jail. The ja... MORE

Hunt v. Los Angeles Second Amended Complaint

Hunt v. County of Los Angeles, a taxpayer lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, challenged locking children in the Lennox Sheriff's Substation. In May, 19... MORE

Baumgarter v. City of Long Beach First Amended Complaint

Baumgartner v. City of Long Beach, a taxpayer lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach, and the Los Angeles Department of Children's Services, challenged the incarceration of ... MORE

Robbins v. Glenn County Amended Complaint

Robbins v. Glenn County was a civil rights damage action against rural Glenn County in northern California, where a 15-year-old girl committed suicide while incarcerated in the county jail. In early 1... MORE

Desrosiers v. Androscoggin County First Amended Complaint

Desrosiers v. Androscoggin County challenged the conditions of confinement in a county jail in Maine and was filed in April 1985 on behalf of a boy who spent over two months in this adult jail. The ja... MORE

Yellen v. Ada County Order of Permanent Injunction

Yellen v. Ada County was filed on behalf of juveniles incarcerated at the Ada County Jail in Boise. In May, 1982, 17-year-old Christopher Peterman was placed in the jail for failing to pay $73 in traf... MORE

Horn v. Oldham County Consent Decree

Horn v. Oldham County was brought by the 14-year-old brother and the mother of Robbie Horn to end the incarceration of any other children in the jail. At 11:00 p.m. on December 16, 1982, 15-year-old R... MORE

Yellen v. Ada County Second Amended Complaint

Yellen v. Ada County was filed on behalf of juveniles incarcerated at the Ada County Jail in Boise. In May, 1982, 17-year-old Christopher Peterman was placed in the jail for failing to pay $73 in traf... MORE

Horn v. Oldham County Complaint

Horn v. Oldham County was brought by the 14-year-old brother and the mother of Robbie Horn to end the incarceration of any other children in the jail. At 11:00 p.m. on December 16, 1982, 15-year-old R... MORE

Weathers v. Leidig Partial Consent Judgment

Weathers v. Leidig was a federal civil rights class action challenging the confinement of juveniles in the county jail for subjecting them to cruel, unconscionable and illegal conditions of confinemen... MORE

Doe v. Burwell Consent Judgment

Doe v. Burwell, a federal civil rights class action, challenged the incarceration of children in the Lawrence County jail in Ironton, Ohio, without adequate separation from adult prisoners and under o... MORE

Weathers v. Leidig Second Amended Complaint

Weathers v. Leidig was a federal civil rights class action challenging the confinement of juveniles in the county jail for subjecting them to cruel, unconscionable and illegal conditions of confinemen... MORE

Doe v. Burwell Complaint

Doe v. Burwell, a federal civil rights class action, challenged the incarceration of children in the Lawrence County jail in Ironton, Ohio, without adequate separation from adult prisoners and under o... MORE