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Case Name Rentschler v. Schriro PC-MO-0002
Docket / Court 94CV396 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 2, 1994, inmates at the Potosi Correctional Center in Missouri filed lawsuits under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Missouri Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The inmates alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by ... read more >
On March 2, 1994, inmates at the Potosi Correctional Center in Missouri filed lawsuits under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Missouri Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The inmates alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by overcrowding and inadequate medical care, with the specific complaint that the prison intentionally used contaminated medical supplies, denied inmates pain medication, and had no physical therapy department. The plaintiffs asked the court to certify them as a class.

On February 10, 1995, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (Judge George Gunn) certified the inmates as a class and ruled that a statute providing for appropriate remedies for prison overcrowding did not preclude classwide relief in prison overcrowding cases. Rentschler v. Carnahan, 160 F.R.D. 114 (E.D.Mo. Feb. 10, 1995). The court ultimately dismissed the case for failure to state a claim. The plaintiffs appealed.

On December 22, 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Judge Roger Wollman, Judge Frank Magill, and Judge David Hansen) upheld the district court's dismissal of the case with respect to the medication and therapy claims, but reversed the district court's dismissal of the claim regarding use of contaminated medical supplies. Rentschler v. Mercier, 1995 WL 755337 (8th Cir. (Mo.) Dec. 22, 1995).

On February 3, 1997, plaintiff Charles Rentschler filed a notice of settlement with the court. On June 18, 1997, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (Judge Gunn) approved the settlement agreement and closed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/22/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Untreated pain
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Missouri Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Potosi Correctional Center in Missouri
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1997 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1997
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
94-CV-396 (E.D. Mo.) 06/18/1997
PC-MO-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Defendants' Response to Plaintiffs' Amended Motion for Class Certification 01/20/1995
PC-MO-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 02/10/1995 (160 F.R.D. 114) (E.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 12/22/1995 (74 F.3d 1244)
PC-MO-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Gunn, George F. Jr. (E.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Hansen, Curtis LeRoy (D.N.M.)
PC-MO-0002-0003
Magill, Frank J. (Eighth Circuit)
PC-MO-0002-0003
Wollman, Roger Leland (Eighth Circuit)
PC-MO-0002-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kahn, Michael A. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0001 | PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Kenny, Tamara A. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-9000
Murray, Joseph P. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Porzenski, Joseph J. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-9000
Streubel, David A. (New Mexico)
PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Teitelbaum, Marilyn S. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boresi, Susan D. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0001 | PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Lawder, Joseph S. (Minnesota)
PC-MO-0002-0001 | PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000
Munich, John R. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0001
Nixon, Jeremiah (Jay) W. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0001
Switzer, Erwin O. III (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0001
Other Lawyers Williams, Patricia S. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0002-0001 | PC-MO-0002-0002 | PC-MO-0002-9000

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