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WA Racial Segregation Suit Settled for $500 and Transfer

A 42 U.S.C §1983 suit filed in the federal Eastern District Washington
court by twelve prisoners at the Washington State Prison alleged prison
officials were racially biased in making cell assignments. All of the
cells were segregated by race; i.e., all African American, Hispanic or
Caucasian. No cells were racially integrated.

The lawsuits alleged this practice violated the plaintiffs' Fourteenth
Amendment rights, as it created white-only chow lines and early release
for recreation. On November 18, 1999, plaintiff Al-Kareem Shadeed, acting
pro se, agreed to dismiss the suit in exchange for $500 and a transfer to
the Monroe Correctional Complex. See: Shadeed v. Lowry, USDC Eastern
District Washington, Case No. CS-96-075-J, unpublished.

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Related legal case

Shadeed v. Lowry