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$1,000 Paid for WA DOC Property Destruction

James J. Koop was in transit status between Washington prisons, and his
property was being stored at McNeil Island Correction Center awaiting his
final settlement and receipt of postage costs to mail the property to him.
Koop's agent was advised stamps could not be sent to pay cost of mail. The
agent then sent $100 to Koop's account to pay the postage, which prison
officials confiscated to satisfy court liens and Washington's 35% mandatory
deduction. Koop grieved this issue and was advised postage stamps could be
sent to pay postage. However, prison officials had already donated or
destroyed Koop's property. He then filed suit, pro se, in the Thurston
County Superior Court. On December 13, 1999, Koop settled the suit for
$1,000. See: Koop v. State of Washington, Thurston County Superior Court,
Case no. 99-2-00555-1, unpublished.

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Koop v. State of Washington