A three-judge panel for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court had the right to specify what “safe and sanitary” conditions were required.
The lower court ordered the government to provide specific hygiene items, as well as directing the government to hire a “juvenile coordinator.”
“Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children’s safety,” Thursday’s ruling states.
The appeals court upheld the lower court decision to require such conditions, rather than allow the government to decide whether to provide them.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the case.
Video of the court hearing went viral and caused outrage. DOJ later said that the attorney received death threats.
The Justice Department’s appeal was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.