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Federal Prisoner's Lost Eyeglasses Suit Settles

Kansas federal prisoner Alan Strong brought a federal tort action against the United States in 1998 after personnel at the United States Penitentiary (USP) at Leavenworth lost eyeglasses valued at approximately $1,000. The suit settled for an undisclosed amount in 1999.

Strong was extradited from Holland to the United States and, while awaiting extradition, his attorney bought him a pair of eyeglasses for $950. After arriving at USP Leavenworth, Strong turned the glasses over to medical personnel in 1997 for repairs, for which he paid $163. The staff subsequently lost his glasses and his 1998 administrative claim for their reimbursement was denied. Strong brought the action for negligent loss of property under the Federal Tort Claims Act seeking $1,113 for the value of the glasses plus the repair fees.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas approved an undisclosed settlement agreement in 1999. See: Strong v. United States, USDC, D. Kan., Case No. 98 3297 KHV (Aug. 18, 1999).

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