Plata et al v. Schwarzenegger et al
ORDER denying 2634 Plaintiffs' request for order directing court experts to assess Receiver's peer review processes. Signed by Judge Thelton E. Henderson on 07/15/13. (tehlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/15/2013)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MARCIANO PLATA, et al.,
NO. C01-1351 TEH
EDMUND G. BROWN JR., et al.,
PLAINTIFFS’ REQUEST FOR
ORDER DIRECTING COURT
EXPERTS TO ASSESS
RECEIVER’S PEER REVIEW
For the Northern District of California
United States District Court
The Court has carefully considered the papers submitted in connection with Plaintiffs’
12 request for an order directing the court experts to assess the peer review processes developed
13 by the Receiver, including as they relate to death reviews. The Court has also discussed this
14 request with both the Receiver and the court experts.
Although the Court agrees with Plaintiffs that peer and death reviews are important
16 components of a medical care delivery system, the experts’ review of individual prisons
17 appears to provide a sufficient mechanism for assessing those processes. If, while examining
18 the adequacy of care at an individual institution, the experts identify issues related to peer or
19 death reviews (or any other process) that rise to the headquarters level, they are able to speak
20 with headquarters staff and examine records so that they can make a full report as to that
21 institution. Thus, the experts already have the ability to review any centralized process that
22 they believe is having a demonstrable impact on the quality of care being provided to
23 inmates. Plaintiffs’ request is therefore DENIED.
25 IT IS SO ORDERED.
27 Dated: 07/15/13
THELTON E. HENDERSON, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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