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Three Failures To Segregate Vulnerable Jail Prisoner Costs Los Angeles County $44,000

On November 21, 2006, Los Angeles County paid a thrice-injured jail prisoner $44,000 to settle a tort claim for the injuries he sustained on three occasions when he was placed in general population housing and beaten by other prisoners.

Anthony White was first assaulted on January 6, 2005 by another prisoner while in the Antelope Valley Court jail. Sheriff?s deputies recommended White be housed in the ?K-10? protective custody unit when they determined that other prisoners had labeled him a snitch. White was segregated later that day at the Men?s Central Jail. But on January 7, another deputy had White moved to the general population because that deputy thought White didn?t meet segregation criteria. White was again beaten by another prisoner on January 8.

On January 11, White was transferred to North County Correctional Facility and house in a medical dorm due to his injuries. Upon his release from the dorm on January 17, he was rehoused in the general population despite his protests, where he was beaten a third time. He was finally kept in protective custody until his release on February 13, 2005.

White suffered a fractured eye socket which required reconstructive facial surgery. He also had nerve damage to the side of his face and needed extensive oral surgery for damage to his teeth.

Estimating a potential liability of $275,000, the County Claims Board settled on November 21, 2006 for $44,000, inclusive of White?s damage claims, costs and attorney fees. No lawsuit was filed. The tort settlement is available on the Prison Legal News website. See: In Re White, LA Tort Claim Board Settlement.

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In Re White