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New York Prisoner Beaten By Unofficial Enforcer Awarded $500,000

A man who claimed he was beaten while imprisoned at New York?s Rikers Island jail complex will receive $500,000 under the terms of a settlement agreement reached with the City on February 14, 2007.

Donald Jackson had claimed in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit that he was beaten by another prisoner at the Anna M. Kross Center jail on May 29, 2003. The assault, according to Jackson, came at the request of a jailer and resulted from a longstanding tradition at the prison in which guards allow imprisoned gang members to act as unofficial enforcers in exchange for informal favors such as cigarettes and other privileges.

In his lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on May 18, 2005, Jackson contended that the beating violated his rights under both federal and state law. He further alleged that the warden and other officials knew or should have known of the practice, yet no steps were taken to rectify the situation. Jackson sought $2 million in damages.

Under the $500,000 settlement the City admitted no liability and no guards were disciplined. Jackson was represented by attorney Andrew Stoll of the Brooklyn, New York, law firm Stoll & Glickman. See: Jackson v. City of New York, USDC SD NY, Case No. 04-CV-5799 (DC).

Additonal Source: Daily News (New York)

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