Skip navigation
× You have 2 more free articles available this month. Subscribe today.

Injuries While Attempting to Flee New York Prison Riot Net $132,000

A New York prisoner who was seriously injured during a riot was awarded $132,000 by the New York Court of Claims.

On August 27, 1989, Ronald Duglan, a prisoner at New York’s Cayuga Correctional Facility, was caught in a prison riot. Duglan attempted to leave the area but a “lock-out” was instituted, preventing him from re-entering his dormitory. While attempting to leave, Duglan was struck on the back of the head with a weight that his “assailants had taken from the recreation area. He was bleeding from the head and suffered injuries to his arm and back, including a cut on his back, approximately 20 inches long.” He was hospitalized for 10 days and required 68 sutures to his back and head.

Duglan sued in state court. In 1999 the state was found 100 percent liable for Duglan’s injuries. He was awarded $66,000 for past pain and suffering, and $66,000 for future pain, suffering, emotional distress, and permanent disfigurement, totaling $132,000. Plaintiff was represented by David Ullman of Westbury, New York. See: Duglan v. New York, Syracuse Ct. of Cl., Case No. 81018.

As a digital subscriber to Prison Legal News, you can access full text and downloads for this and other premium content.

Subscribe today

Already a subscriber? Login

Related legal case

Duglan v. New York