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New York DOC Agrees to Settle Asbestos Case

On April 4, 1997, the New York Department of Corrections (NYDOC) agreed to settle a suit brought by a group of New York prisoners over their exposure to asbestos.

The prisoners alleged that the defendants violated their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment by exposing them to asbestos during a renovation project at the Sing Sing Correctional facility.

The defendants agreed to pay for annual testing of the plaintiffs for asbestos exposure, including after their release. The defendants also agreed to pay the plaintiffs and their counsel, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, $50,290. See: Pou v. Coughlin, USDC, S.D.N.Y., No. 94 Civ. 5831.

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