On January 2, 1993, a gun smuggled into a jail's maximum security section accidentally discharged and wounded a jail guard. A prisoner is suspected in that shooting. Another jail guard has been arrested and charged with smuggling the gun in. City officials claim guards have been paid between $1,100 and $7,500 to smuggle in guns. Since 1987, 16 handguns have been found in city jails.
A city official states that investigations have shown a pattern to the shootings: in each case wounded prisoners could not identify their assailants, even when the shootings took place in well lit areas of maximum security prisons and each prisoner suffered only a grazing wound on a fleshy part of the body.
To date none of the suits have come to trial. One suit seeks $8.5 million in damages.
-Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 1993
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