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Los Angeles County Settles Parolee's Overdetention Suit For $80,000

Los Angeles County paid $80,000 to settle a California parolee's
overdetention suit that alleged failure to process release information for one week.

On June 4, 2001, William Green was arrested by his parole agent on a violation for failing to register as a sex offender. On July 6, 2001, he had a revocation hearing before the Board of Prison Terms (BPT). The BPT released Green's parole hold and ordered his release. That same day, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) tele-typed authorization for the release to the Los Angeles County Jail. But because of an erroneous routing code, the Sheriff's Department did not receive the release.

Sheriff's deputies refused to release Green even though he advised them that the BPT had so ordered. Green called his parole officer on July 7 and told him of the problem. The matter was not resolved until July 13, 2001, when the release was reconfirmed by FAX. Mr. Green was released 12 ½ hours later.

In his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights suit against Sheriff Leroy Baca, Green claimed $50,000 in emotional distress, $1,000 in lost wages and $150,000 in attorney fees. Los Angeles County settled for $80,000 on March 8, 2005, after incurring $176,080 in private attorney fees and $13,278 in legal costs defending the suit. See: Green v. Baca, U.S.D.C. (C.D. Cal.), Case No. CV 02-04744 MMM.

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Green v. Baca