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$500 Paid in WA Failure to Protect Case

Scott W. Skylstad was transferred to another unit within the Washington
State Penitentiary after guards received a death threat against him.
However, the unit he was moved to was the same one the threat came in the
mail from. Despite repeated request to be removed from the threatening
unit, prison officials refused to move Skylstad. Three months later he was
slashed by another prisoner, and he picked up a weight bar and kept all
prisoners away from him until guards arrived. Skylstad received 26
stitches to his right arm from the slashing. He was also placed in
segregation and found guilty of fighting. He filed a 42 U.S.C. §1983
action in the Eastern District of Washington alleging prison officials
failed to protect him from a known harm and loss of good-time credits for
improperly finding him guilty of fighting when the evidence showed he was
protecting himself. On April 7, 1997, Skylstad agreed to dismiss the suit
for $500. See: Skylstad v. Wood case no. CS-95-399-RWH, USDC ED WA,

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