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Washington Jail Prisoner Commits Suicide; Estate Wins $7,700

In December of 1992, Adelino Chavez was on suicide watch in the Kent, Washington City Jail. Rather than keep an eye on Chavez, the supervising guards went to a “promotional” party for 2 1/2 hours. When they returned Chavez had killed himself. His estate sued the city in state court, where it netted a paltry $7,700 in damages. See: Hunton for Chavez v. City of Kent, King County Superior Court, Case No. 95-2-32750-3 (1997).

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Chavez v. City of Kent