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Case Name Reinschmeidt v. City of Wichita, KS JC-KS-0002
Docket / Court 99-2312 ( State Court )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Sometime in 1999, a citizen of Wichita, Kansas, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the city in Sedgwick County, Kansas District Court alleging that citizens' constitutional rights had been violated by the city and the Municipal Court, by holding people in contempt of court ... read more >
Sometime in 1999, a citizen of Wichita, Kansas, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the city in Sedgwick County, Kansas District Court alleging that citizens' constitutional rights had been violated by the city and the Municipal Court, by holding people in contempt of court without proper hearing or legal counsel and jailing them or forced them to work at work release until their traffic or misdemeanor fines had been paid. We do not have a copy of the docket and do not know precisely when suit was filed.

Subsequent to the filing of the original class action petition, the Court conducted hearings on August 11, 2000 and December 1, 2000, and certified a class consisting of all persons on the "time-to-pay" docket who had been released from probation or their period of probation had expired, and who were incarcerated (taken into custody) or ordered to work in the Wichita Work Program due to a case on this docket during the time period of July 31, 1997 to March 9, 2000.

On May 7, 2002, Wichita's City Council approved a $6.2 million settlement to be awarded to the 7,000 citizens who had their 14th Amendment rights violated. The city admitted no wrongdoing in the matter, stating that they decided to settle the case rather than follow the trial through to the end. We have no further information on this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Wichita
Plaintiff Description all persons on the “time-to-pay” docket who had been released from probation and who were incarcerated or ordered to work in the Wichita Work Program due to a case on the "time to pay" docket.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
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 2002 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Notice of Settlement 05/08/2002
JC-KS-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Verdict and Settlement Report 08/31/2002
JC-KS-0002-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Judges Clark, Paul W. (State Trial Court)
JC-KS-0002-0002 | JC-KS-0002-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Leatherman, L. J. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0002-0002
White, Gary (Kansas)
JC-KS-0002-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Rebenstorf, Gary (Kansas)
JC-KS-0002-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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