With An Eye to the Past - 1980s - Recapturing the Vision
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Appeals of the Welsch class action lawsuit continued throughout the mid-1970s. Testimony on both sides of the issue was graphic and intense.

In September 1980, more than six years after the initial opinion was filed, the Welsch consent decree was signed.

Key provisions of the consent decree required the total population of residents living in state institutions to be reduced to 1,850 within seven years.

Testimony in the Welsch class action
suit was graphic and intense.


Examples of Testimony
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