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Case Name Clonce v. Richardson PC-MO-0006
Docket / Court 73 CV 373-S ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In the early 1970's, prisoners of the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Missouri Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The case incorporated a large number of ... read more >
In the early 1970's, prisoners of the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Missouri Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The case incorporated a large number of cases filed to challenge prisoner transfer and retention in the START program at the facility. Although some of the cases were originally commenced pro se, the plaintiffs were ultimately represented by the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Hawkeye Legal Aid Society, the National Prison Center, the Legal Aid and Defender Society of Greater Kansas, and the Federal Public Defender. They alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated when the prison transferred them without a hearing into an involuntary behavior modification program, which involved major changes in conditions of confinement, particularly in the areas of privacy, disciplinary procedures, association with other prisoners, and religious opportunities.

On July 31, 1974, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Judge John Oliver, Jr.) held that the plaintiffs' rights had been violated because they were entitled to an appropriate hearing, and that all other claims in the case were moot because the program in question had been voluntarily discontinued by the prison. Clonce v. Richardson, 379 F.Supp. 338 (W.D.Mo. 1974). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 04/05/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Disciplinary procedures
Religious programs / policies
Sanitation / living conditions
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Missouri Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners challenging their transfer and retention in the START program at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners at Springfield, Missouri
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1974 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 07/31/1974 (379 F.Supp. 338) (W.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0006-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Oliver, John Watkins (W.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Stephen (Missouri)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Fox, Jane (Iowa)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Milstein, Barbara M. (District of Columbia)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Roseman, Ronald L. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Saunders, Arpiar G. (New Hampshire)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Barkin, Eugene N. (District of Columbia)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Cooley, Don (Missouri)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Faulkner, Charles (Missouri)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Griffin, Frederick O. (Missouri)
PC-MO-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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