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$135 Award in Prisoner Wrongful Confinement Suit

William Mingues (Underwood), a prisoner at the Sing Sing Correctional
Facility (SSCF), filed a pro se law suit against SSCF, for wrongfully
placing him in the Special Housing Unit (SHU), for an excessive amount of time.

In August of 2000, Mingues, was placed in the SHU for two misbehavior
reports. He was due to be released on August 10, 2000, but was held in the
SHU until 8-19-00. Mingues had a letter from the director of SHU confirming
that he was to be released on 8-10-00. SSCF contended that their records
showed that he was released on the correct date.

On April 12, 2002, the New York Court of Claims held that the records
presented by the state were a jumbled mess of information with little
meaning, and that the prison Staff's testimony, that there was a third
misbehavior report, was not supported by any evidence. The court awarded
Mingues $135 in damages based on $15 per day of unlawful confienment. See:
Mingues {Underwood), v. State of New York, Claim No. 102961 (Court of
Claims, White Plains).

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Mingues {Underwood), v. State of New York