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$1,226,625 Verdict in Wrongful Death of Prisoner on Jail Outing

While participating in an outing of a state sponsored pretrial detention
program, the 21-year-old decedent prisoner in this case decided to swim in
a reservoir owned by Connecticut's City of Waterbury. The reservoir was off
limits to the public, as it held drinking water. As he attempted to swim
across the reservoir, the decedent drowned.

His parents sued the program, NOW, and the City. They alleged NOW failed
to supervise the prisoners. They also alleged the City was negligent in
failing to post signage stating no swimming was allowed.

A jury found the decedent 15% comparatively negligent, and awarded
$698,971 against NOW and $343,354 against the City, for a total award of
$1,222,265. The Court on a post-trial motion found the City had no duty to
decedent, and plaintiffs have appealed that ruling. See: Salaman v. City of
Waterbury, CT, Waterbury Judicial District, Case No CV-92-113165 (1996).

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Salaman v. City of Waterbury, CT