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One Dollar Awarded Pennsylvania Prisoner For Arbitrary Parole Denial

Pennsylvania State prisoner Alex Davis brought a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against personnel at SCI-Graterford prison in 2003 claiming deprivation of rights. He alleged due process violation for arbitrary parole denial. The jury awarded him one dollar.

Davis sold prison counselor Paula Pryal a painting for $50 at her request. Paula's husband Robert and Lieutenant Charles Croll, prison parole interviewers, allegedly accused Davis of defrauding Paula and threatened to damage his chances of being granted parole, warning that if he told anyone about the confrontation he would not be happy. Davis claimed that they ultimately influenced his subsequent parole denial and he brought action against the three. Davis's attorney claimed that he was a model prisoner and deserved parole. The defendants claimed that they had no decision making authority over parole and denied all allegations. They noted that his parole had been denied since 1995.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania jury, after a 3-day deliberation, awarded Davis one dollar for civil rights deprivation. See: Davis v. Pryal, Case No. 04-cv-02859 (E.D. Penn. Jan. 23, 2007).

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