Judge: State Met Conditions of Development Center Suit

A decades-old lawsuit over conditions at a Memphis institution for people with intellectual disabilities has been dismissed after a federal judge found the state met court-ordered improvements, The Tennessean reports. The 1992 lawsuit over conditions at the Arlington Development Center -- originally filed by the Department of Justice and later joined by People First of Tennessee -- was brought after investigators found the facility failed to protect residents from abuse and neglect, provide adequate medical care and properly train staff. After the court found that the problems were so bad they violated the constitutional rights of the residents, the state entered into an agreement with more than 105 requirements and 103 deadlines. This week, U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla ruled the state had complied with all conditions and dismissed the suit.

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