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$26,000 Awarded In Washington Jail Suicide Suit

In May 1997, the Superior Court of Washington awarded $26,000 to the estate
of a prisoner who committed suicide in the Kent city jail. The estate
asserted that despite being on suicide watch, the prisoner, a 37-year-old
male, was left unattended for 2 1/2 hours while jailers conducted a party
for a newly promoted sergeant. The prisoner committed suicide during their

The estate contended the City was negligent for not maintaining constant
supervision of the prisoner. The prisoner was found 70% negligent for his
December 1992 suicide and the award was reduced accordingly. See: Chavez v.
City Of Kent, Superior Court Of Washington, King County, Case No.
95:-2-82750-8, 1997 WL 636591 (WA Super.).

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Chavez v. City Of Kent