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Unjust: LGBTQ Youth Incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System

Movement Advancement Project
Movement Advancement Project

"'Unjust: LGBTQ Youth Incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System'" examines how LGBTQ youth who are incarcerated in juvenile detention and correctional facilities face bias in adjudication, and mistreatment and abuse in confinement facilities. LGBTQ youth also lack supportive services when leaving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, often forcing them back into negative interactions with law enforcement.

Given that nearly 40% of incarcerated girls in identify as LGB and 85-90% of incarcerated LGBTQ youth are youth of color, it is crucial that any effort to change the way youth in the United States engage with the juvenile justice system must consider the unique experiences of LGBTQ youth. This spotlight report highlights the experiences of LGBTQ youth incarcerated in the juvenile justice system."

Jury Returns $2.25M Verdict for Women Abused by Missouri Drug Court Officer

In early July 2016, a federal jury ordered Lincoln County, Missouri to pay $2.25 million to four women sexually abused by a drug court lieutenant. The jury agreed that the county failed to supervise and discipline lieutenant Scott Edwards, allowing him to repeatedly perpetrate his abuse of the women with impunity.

Settlement in Class Action Case Against NM Department of Corrections

A settlement was approved for 750K in a class action suit against the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

The suit focused on the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility’s practice of forcing prisoners to strip to their boxer shorts and straddle each other for punishment or discipline. According to one of the plaintiffs involved, prisoners were forced to line with their genitals touching the next person’s backside with no access to a bathroom. Armed guards, meanwhile, wore masks to conceal their identities.

Washington DC Changes Police Record Protocols As Result of Settlement

In March of 2014, NPAP had signed on to an Amicus Brief from the ACLU regarding a case that went before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in support of Patti Hammond Shaw, a transgender female held in men's detention areas while in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department and United States Marshals Service, and subjected to intrusive cross-gender searches.

Shaw v. Kates, et al

Amicus brief in support of Patti Hammond Shaw, Plaintiff-Appellee, a transgender female held in men's detention areas while in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and United States Marshals Service (USMS), and subjected to intrusive unreasonable cross-gender searches.

This case presents critical constitutional questions about the obligations of supervisory and subordinate officers when housing and searching particularly vulnerable detainees. Amici therefore urge the court not only to find that Ms. Shaw has alleged violations of her Fifth and Fourth Amendment rights, but also to do so prior to considering whether these rights were clearly established.

Because Ms. Shaw has alleged sufficient facts establishing that Defendants violated her clearly established Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights, amici respectfully urge the Court to affirm the District Court’s denial of Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss based on qualified immunity.