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$153,400 Awarded to Estate for Stabbing Death

$153,400 Awarded To Estate for Stabbing Death

An Ohio state prisoner was stabbed to death in a prison kitchen by another prisoner. The victim's estate sued the Ohio DOC claiming that because of inadequate security procedures with regards to kitchen knives and inadequate supervision of the assailant, the prisoner was killed. The suit claimed that a month before the attack the prison had adopted a new policy regarding the handling of kitchen knives but never implemented it. While the trial court had originally ruled in favor of prison officials on the liability issue, an Ohio appeals court reversed and remanded ordering further proceedings on the issue of damages alone. The trial court awarded the plaintiff $153,400. See: Walton v. Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Ct. Cl. No. 8914545, Aug. 6, 1993, reported in 37 ATLA L. Rep. 56 (March, 1994).

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Walton v. Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction