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$50,000 Paid in Texas Improper Housing Classification/Assault

Imprisoned at Texas' Bastrop County Jail for traffic tickets and DWI probation violation, the plaintiff in this case found himself placed in a cell block with convicted felons and other violent offenders. On September 25, 1995, the prisoner plaintiff was attacked by other prisoners while sleeping. He suffered the loss of three teeth. When he broke loose and requested a guard move him, the guard refused. Another prisoner approached and kicked the plaintiff in the head.

Plaintiff alleged the jail's classification policy, which resulted in assault on him, was
unconstitutional. The matter proceeded to jury trial in December 1998, with plaintiff being awarded
$35,000 in future medical costs and $15,000 for physical pain. He was also awarded $63,056.25 in attorney fees. See: Jones v. Hoffman, USDC, W. Dist. Texas, Case No A-98-A-49.

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