ERIC Number: ED201156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-4
Statement of Mary Lynn Walker, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Before the Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Select Education, U.S. House of Representatives Concerning the Abuse of Children in Institutions.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
The statement reviews experience of the Department of Justice with cases of child abuse in institutions, discusses the extent of the problem, and proposes some remedies for prevention of abuse of institutionalized children. The decisions of four court cases in three states are reported to demonstrate the type of child abuse occurring in institutions. Suggested remedies for the widespread abuse are derived from existing court orders for remedial measures and include enjoining the use of medication as a punishment, limiting the use of mechanical restraints, ensuring that buildings are clean and conducive to good health, phasing out large isolated institutions for the retarded, and prohibiting of physical abuse of residents of juvenile detention facilities. (DB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.