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Nelson v. Heyne
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
491 F.2d 352 (1974)
Nelson and the other former students from the Indiana Boys School (plaintiffs) brought a class-action, civil-rights lawsuit against officials of the school like Heyne (defendant). The Indiana Boys School was a medium-security correctional institution for boys aged 12 to 18 years. The school had a maximum capacity of 300 juveniles, but the population was actually 400 juveniles. The school also had a treatment staff of three psychologists, a registered nurse, a part-time psychiatrist, and a part-time physician. The district court enjoined the practices of the Indiana Boys School, finding that the corporal punishment and the administration of tranquilizing drugs constituted cruel and unusual punishment. The district court also declared Nelson and the other plaintiffs had the right to adequate rehabilitative treatment. The school officials, including Heyne, appealed the district-court decision.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kiley, J.)
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