Group: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
In 1986, the Jerry M. class action lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on behalf of “children who are or will be confined in juvenile detention facilities operated by the District of Columbia.” The plaintiffs contended that the totality of the conditions in the District’s juvenile detention facilities violated statutory and constitutional requirements. In order to resolve the issues outlined in the lawsuit, the parties entered into a consent decree, which set accountability standards for services provided at District juvenile detention facilities. The consent decree also called for the appointment of a Special Arbiter, who is responsible for oversight of the Agency’s compliance with the requirements of the consent decree.
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