Singleton v. Board of Commissioners : Answer

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Singleton v. Board of Commissioners : Answer

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Singleton v. Board of Commissioners : Answer
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Tallahassee Civil Action No. 963 : Answer
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Office of the Clerk
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Tallahassee, Florida
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United States District Court
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English
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4 p. : ;

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University of South Florida
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Singleto n v Boar d o f Commissioner s • • • • • • • • • • • JI-FL-0001-000 5 I N TH E UNITE D STATE S DISTRIC T COUR T FO R TH E NORTHER N DISTRIC T O F FLORID A TALLAHASSE E DIVISIO N Tc^TM ? T i i f lliLJ j WILLI E CAR L SINGLETON a mino r b y NEV A SINGLETON hi s mothe r an d nex t friend e t al. Plaintiffs -vs BOAR D O F COMMISSIONER S O F STAT E INSTITUTIONS e t al. Defendants AU G 1 8 196 6 OFFIC E O F CLER K U S DISTRIC T COUR T FT A TALLAHASSE E CIVI L ACTIO N NO 96 3 A N S W E R Come s no w th e Boar d o f Commissioner s o f Stat e Institution s b y an d throug h thei r undersigne d attorneys answerin g th e Complain t file d herei n an d states : 1 Answerin g paragrap h I Defendan t i s withou t knowledg e o f th e allegation s o f th e sai d paragrap h an d accordingl y denie s th e sai d allegations 2 Answerin g paragrap h II th e Defendan t admit s tha t Plaintiff s ar e proceedin g fo r a preliminar y an d permanen t injunctio n agains t th e Defendant ; however th e Defendan t specificall y denie s th e remainin g allegation s o f sai d paragraph 3 Answerin g paragrap h III th e Defendan t admits th e allegation s o f th e paragrap h namin g th e partie s institutin g th e instan t proceeding ; Defendan t i s howeve r withou t knowledg e o f th e remainin g allegation s o f sai d paragrap h an d accordingl y specificall y denie s th e same 4 Answerin g paragrap h IV Defendan t admit s tha t th e Boar d o f Commissioner s o f Stat e Institution s i s a stat e agenc y havin g jurisdictio n ove r th e Divisio n o f Chil d Trainin g

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Schools, Defendan t howeve r denie s th e remainin g allegation s o f sai d paragrap h purportedl y an d erroneousl y namin g th e member s o f th e sai d Defendan t agency 5 Answerin g paragrap h V Defendan t admit s tha t Sectio n 955.12 Florid a Statutes provide s tha t Whit e an d Negr o inmate s ar e t o b e house d i n separat e buildings ; Defendan t howeve r specificall y denie s th e remainin g allegation s o f th e sai d paragraph 6 Answerin g paragrap h VI Defendan t denie s th e allegation s o f th e sai d paragraph Th e Defendan t havin g full y answere d th e Complain t affirmativel y allege s a s follows : 1 Th e name d Plaintiffs Willi e Car l Singleton Audre y Nel l Edwards JoAn n Anderson an d Samue l White ar e al l ove r th e ag e o f 1 7 year s an d ar e n o longe r subjec t t o th e jurisdictio n o f th e juvenil e court Th e ter m "child a s define d i n Chapte r 39 Florid a Statutes mean s an y marrie d o r unmarrie d perso n unde r th e ag e o f seventee n years o r an y perso n wh o i s charge d wit h a violatio n o f la w occurrin g prio r t 6 th e tim e tha t perso n reache d th e ag e o f seventee n years Defendan t furthe r allege s tha t ther e ar e n o existin g charge s o r condition s s o a s t o creat e a continuin g jurisdictio n b y th e juvenil e cour t ove r th e sai d plaintiffs (Se e lette r date d Augus t 12 1966 attache d a s Defendant' s Exhibi t A. ) Th e onl y perso n wh o ma y b e sai d t o b e subjec t t o th e jurisdictio n an d contro l o f th e Defendan t i s Samue l White ag e 17 wh o unde r Sectio n 955.1 8 an d 955.19 Florid a Statutes coul d conceivabl y b e committe d t o th e Florid a Schoo l fo r Boy s i n lie u o f impriso n ment Thi s hypothetica l circumstanc e fail s t o affor d Plaintiff i a vali d basi s fo r maintainin g th e instan t actio n bot h individ uall y an d o n behal f o f a class A s a result ther e ca n b e n o -2

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irreparabl e injur y t o th e Plaintiff s fo r whic h injunctiv e relie f i s sought 2 Th e Plaintiff s hav e erroneousl y name d certai n individual s a s bein g member s o f th e Boar d o f Commissioner s o f Stat e Institutions Th e followin g person s hav e neve r bee n member s o f th e Defendan t Board : W D Rogers H G Cochran J r Arthu r G Dozier Terr y Lee an d Mrs Lul a L Mullikin Th e followin g individual s constitut e th e presen t member s o f th e Board : Haydo n Burns Governor ; To m Adams Secretar y o f State ; Ear l Faircloth Attorne y General ; Fre d 0 Dickinson Jr. Comptroller ; Browar d Williams Treasurer ; Floy d T Christian Superintenden t o f Publi c Instruction ; an d Doyl e Conner Commissione r o f Agriculture 3 Th e Defendan t i s no t pursuin g a polic y an d practic e o f racia l segregatio n o f Whit e an d Negr o youth s confine d t o stat e trainin g schools O n th e contrary actions take n b y th e Defendan t no t onl y contradic t Plaintiffs allega tion s bu t affirmativel y sho w a direc t an d concerte d effor t t o brin g abou t a complet e desegregatio n o f facilitie s i n a n orderl y an d efficien t manne r followin g a pla n whic h woul d b e mos t conduciv e t o th e prope r trainin g an d rehabilitatio n o f person s a t suc h schools Attache d a s Exhibi t B i s a lette r date d Augus t 15 1966 indicatin g th e mos t recen t progres s i n th e pla n o f desegregation Attache d a s Exhibi t C i s a n outlin e o f th e pla n o f desegregation Attache d i s Exhibi t D outlinin g th e effort s take n b y th e Defendan t i n bringin g abou t a n orderl y desegregatio n o f chil d trainin g schoo l facilities Als o attache d a s Exhibi t E i s a Repor t o n Futur e Developmen t o f th e Florid a Schoo l fo r Boy s compile d o n behal f o f th e Technica l Assistanc e Program Th e foregoin g indicate s a positive sincer e an d concerte d effor t o n th e par t o f Defendan t t o integrat e -3

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\ o ever y are a o f th e chil d trainin g progra m i n complianc e wit h th e Civi l Right s Act WHEREFORE th e Defendan t respectfull y requests th e instan t actio n bein g on e i n equity tha t du e recognitio n b e give n t o th e effort s mad e b y Defendan t i n achievin g ful l complianc e wit h th e Civi l Right s Ac t an d accordingly th e Plaintiffs 1 praye r fo r th e issuanc e o f a n injunctio n b e denied I t i s furthe r praye d tha t thi s cour t accep t th e presen t pla n fo r complet e an d tota l desegregatio n no w bein g implemente d b y Defendan t a t al l th e trainin g school s involved an d tha t th e Defendan t b e give n throug h an d includin g Jul y 1 1967 t o complet e th e fina l phas e o f desegregatin g th e grou p livin g facilitie s b y whic h tim e i t i s anticipate d tha t th e Defendan t wil l hav e receive d fund s sufficien t t o accomplis h thi s las t phas e o f a complet e an d tota l desegregatio n o f it s facilities EAR L FAIRCLOT H Attorne y Genera l GERAL D MAGE R Assistan t Attorne y Genera l Attorney s fo r Defendan t Capito l Buildin g Tallahassee Florid a 3230 4 CERTIFICAT E O F SERVIC E I HEREB Y CERTIF Y tha t a tru e an d correc t cop y o f th e foregoin g Answe r o f Defendan t ha s bee n maile d t o th e Honorabl e Ear l M Johnson 62 5 Wes t Unio n Street Jacksonville Florida an d th e Honorabl e Constanc e Bake r Motle y an d Honorabl e Jac k Greenberg 1 0 Columbu s Circle Ne w Yor k 19 Ne w York Attorney s fo r Plaintiffs thi s If da y of^ugust 1966 GEKALDMAG E Assistan t A/ttornVe y Genera l -4


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