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$10,000 Settlement for Ill Treatment Prisoner Colostomy Bag

Washington State’s King County jail has paid $10,000 to settle the claim of Patrick Gaines, who entered jail on May 17, 2002 wearing a colostomy bag that had been surgically implanted in December 2001. Up until May 20, Gaines was kept in the jail’s medical unit.

On May 20, he was placed in a general population cell with one cellmate, who complained about the colostomy bag stinking. Gaines’s cellmate filed a “kite” about the matter. Other prisoners were repulsed by the bag, in part, because the jail issued Gaines a clear, long colostomy bag rather than the typical smaller, nontransparent bag that Gaines could hide under his shirt.

On May 24, Gaines was moved to an “Ad Seg” cell that had to be cleaned before he was placed in it. Later that day, he was moved to another dirty ad seg cell that had two garbage bags in it, one containing someone’s underwear. Finally, Gaines was released on May 29. Represented by Seattle attorney Fred Diamondstone, Gaines settled the claim on October 23, 2003. The documents related to this claim are available on PLN’s website. See: In re Gaines, King County Claim No. 32335.

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Related legal case

In re Gaines

Please see the brief bank for documents related to this claim.