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$50,000 For 8 Months Of Unlawful Imprisonment by Washington DOC

On August 5, 1981, Joel Perry was sentenced to concurrent terms of 5 and
10 years in prison for various felonies. These terms of confinement were
suspended, and Mr. Perry was placed on probation. Mr. Perry's suspended
sentence was revoked and he was sent to the Department of Corrections
("DOC") on April 20, 1982 to serve his concurrent maximum terms of 5 and
10 years. His maximum release date was erroneously calculated as February
10, 1992 because the DOC failed to credit Mr. Perry with the time he spent
on probation and in jail. Mr. Perry also never received any credit for the
good conduct time he accumulated during his incarceration.

On April 6, 1991, ten years after his original sentencing date, Mr. Perry
filed a petition of writ of habeas corpus in the Walla Walla County
Superior Court. DOC officials failed to respond to this petition until Mr.
Perry was eventually released on February 10, 1992. They argued that the
writ should be dismissed as moot because Mr. Perry had been release. The
superior court agreed and dismissed the petition.

Following his untimely release from prison, Mr. Perry filed suit against
the DOC in King County Superior Court. The case was ultimately settled for
$50,000 on Feb. 5, 1996. Mr. Perry was represented by Seattle attorney
Jeffrey Needle. See: Perry v. Blodgett, King Co. Superior Court, Case No.

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Perry v. Blodgett

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