Farrell v. Harper

In 2003, California Youth Authority (CYA) officials signed a consent decree, agreeing to remedy serious on-going problems with conditions in the CYA’s facilities. The decree requires the CYA to provide wards with adequate and effective care, treatment and rehabilitation services, including reducing violence and the use of force, improving medical and mental health care, reducing the use of lock-ups and providing better education programs. Subsequently, a series of expert reported were filed discussing the many abuses faced by CYA wards. In 2005, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the agency now in charge of California’s youth facilities, adopted plans to correct problems with the system: the Disabilities Remedial Plan, the Education Remedial Plan, the Medical Care Remedial Plan, the Sexual Behavior Treatment Remedial Plan, the Safety & Welfare Remedial Plan, and the Mental Health Remedial Plan. The on-going case is overseen by a Special Master who issues quarterly reports. View documents filed in the case through 2006 (including the first three Special Master reports).

In August 2011, a federal judge issued an Order finding that the DJJ was still in violation of its duties to provide education and programming to wards housed in its facilities. The Court granted a motion for enforcement, set deadlines for the DJJ to comply with its obligations under the Remedial Plan.

The Special Master in the Farrell case has continued to file periodic reports detailing the changes in conditions for wards at Department of Juvenile Justice facilities:

July 2007 Fourth Quarterly ReportOctober 2007 Fifth Quarterly Report January 2008 Sixth Quarterly Report April 2008 Seventh Quarterly Report February 2009 Eighth Quarterly Report 

September 2009 Ninth Quarterly Report

November 2009 Tenth Quarterly Report

November 2009 Eleventh Quarterly Report

December 2009 Twelfth Quarterly Report

January 2010 Reports of site visits to DJJ facilities

February 2010 Thirteenth Quarterly Report

February 2010 Fourteenth Quarterly Report

July 2010 Fifteenth Quarterly Report

November 2010 Sixteenth Quarterly Report

Spring 2011 reports on the Sexual Behavior Treatment Program

June 2011 Seventeenth Quarterly Report

July 2011 Eighteenth Quarterly Report

September 2011 Nineteenth Quarterly Report

January 2012 Twentieth Quarterly Report

April 2012 Twenty-first Quarterly Report

July 2012 Twenty-second Quarterly Report

October 2012 Twenty-third Quarterly Report

January 2013 Twenty-fourth Quarterly Report

April 2013 Twenty-fifth Quarterly Report

July 2013 Twenty-sixth Quarterly Report

October 2013 Twenty-seventh Quarterly Report

March 2014 Twenty-eighth Quarterly Report

July 2014 Twenty-ninth Quarterly Report

November 2014 Thirtieth Quarterly Report

March 2015 Thirty-first Quarterly Report

July 2015 Thirty-second Quarterly Report

December 2015 Thirty-Third Quarterly Report

February 2016 Thirty-Fourth Quarterly Report

The Farrell case was dismissed by stipulation on February 25, 2016.

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