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Jail Not Liable for Prisoner’s Rape by Cellmate

The plaintiff was raped by his cellmate in a county jail holding cell after being arrested for public intoxication. Defendants knew the cellmate was a disruptive individual but the district court found that they did not know he posed a risk of serious injury to the plaintiff because the plaintiff did not tell them. The two had been celled together on previous stays in jail. See: Perkins v. Grimes, 161 F.3d 1127 (8th Cir. 1998).

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Perkins v. Grimes