United States District Court, N.D. New York
V.W., a minor, by and through his parent and natural guardian DERECK WILLIAMS, R.C., a minor, by and through his parent and natural guardian SANDRA CHAMBERS, C.I., a minor, by and through his parent and natural guardian VERTELL PENDARVIS, M.R., a minor, by and through his parent and natural guardian KAREN RAYMOND, F.K., a minor, by and through his parent and natural guardian KASHINDE KABAGWIRA, and J.P., a minor, by and through his parent and natural guardian ALISSA QUIONES, Plaintiffs,
EUGENE CONWAY, Onondaga County Sheriff in his official capacity, ESTEBAN GONZALEZ, Chief Custody Deputy of the Onondaga County Justice Center, in his official capacity, KEVIN M. BRISSON, Assistant Chief Custody Deputy, in his official capacity, and SYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, Defendants.
YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION Attorneys for Plaintiffs
SERVICES OF CENTRAL NEW YORK Attorneys for Plaintiffs
SANFORD, HEISLER LLP Attorneys for Plaintiffs
ONONDAGA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF LAW Attorneys for defendants
Eugene Conway, Esteban Gonzalez, and Kevin M. Brisson John H.
Mulroy Civic Center
SCHOENECK LAW FIRM Attorneys for defendant Syracuse City
School District One Lincoln Center
RICHARD S. HARTUNIAN United States Attorney for the Northern
District of New York
STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Civil Rights Division, Special
Litigation Section 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- CNY CHAPTER LEGAL COMMITTEE Attorneys for Amici Curiae
CHRISTOPHER T. DUNN, ESQ., MARIKO HI ROSE, ESQ., PHILIP L.
DESGRANGES, ESQ., AADHITHI PADMANABHAN, ESQ., MARIANA L.
KOVEL, ESQ., JOSHUA T. COTTER, ESQ., SAMUEL C. YOUNG, ESQ.,
SUSAN M. YOUNG, ESQ. AIMEE KRAUSE STEWART, ESQ., CAROL L.
RHINEHART, ESQ., JONATHAN B. FELLOWS, ESQ. JOHN D. HOGGAN,
JR., ESQ. Ass't United States Attorney KYLE SMIDDIE, ESQ.
ATTICUS LEE, ESQ. LANESSA L. OWENS, ESQ.
N. HURD, United States District Judge
September 21, 2016, the named plaintiffs commenced this
action seeking relief on behalf of themselves and a putative
class of fellow 16- and 17-year-olds being detained at the
Onondaga County Justice Center (the "Justice
Center") by defendants Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene
Conway, Chief Custody Deputy Esteban Gonzalez, and Assistant
Chief Custody Deputy Kevin Brisson (the "Onondaga County
defendants"). According to plaintiffs, declaratory and
injunctive relief was necessary to end the Onondaga County
defendants' routine practice of imposing solitary
confinement on juveniles being held at the Justice Center.
Plaintiffs also sought relief against the Syracuse City
School District (the "School District"), which had
contracted with the Justice Center to provide educational
services to incarcerated juveniles. On that score, plaintiffs
alleged that the School District denied juveniles in solitary
confinement the minimum educational instruction required by
Memorandum-Decision & Order issued on February 22, 2017,
plaintiffs' motions for class certification and for a
preliminary injunction were granted while the School
District's motion for summary judgment was denied.
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