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$175,000 Award in Chicago Jail Failure to Protect Case

While held at Illinois' Cook County Jail, Stanley Davis Jones was beaten by
two fellow prisoners in March 1999. He suffered a dislocated shoulder and
broken wrist from the attack, which he alleged was caused by jail
officials' failure to protect him from rival gang members.

During trial, Jones contended he was a neutron that had no fellow gang
members to protect him. He contended that jail officials should provide
separate housing for neutrons as it does for Christians and to identify
persons such as him from jail records.

In 2003, a jury entered a verdict awarding Jones $25,000 in compensatory
damages and punitive damages of $500,000 against one jail official and
$250,000 against another. The district court remitted the punitive damages
to $100,000 and $50,000 respectively, and Jones accepted that remitter.
See: Jones v. Sheahan, USDC, N.Dist. Ill, Case No. 99-C-3669.

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