Federal agencies weigh in on Bay Area juvenile hall lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have weighed in on a federal lawsuit that alleges teens with disabilities were kept in solitary confinement for extended periods at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall and denied legally mandated access to special educational services. The federal agencies, which administer the Americans With Disabilities Act and Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, last week filed a statement of interest in the case in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, saying their authority and expertise should be considered. They have asked the judge to deny defendants' motions to dismiss the case and have requested to participate in oral...