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Stabbed D.C. Prisoner Settles Failure to Protect Claim for $17,500

On September 30, 2002, plaintiff Andregus L. Pearson agreed to settle his failure to protect claim against the District of Columbia for $17,500.

Pearson filed suit in D.C. Superior Court on July 13, 2001, claiming that overcrowding and the jail’s failure to follow its own security procedures was the proximate cause of his injuries.
Pearson had been stabbed by another prisoner at the D.C. Central Detention Facility on December 14, 1999. The shank penetrated Pearson’s back and went into his chest, piercing his lung. Pearson claimed that physical and mental injuries sustained as a result of the attack were permanent and diminished his employment prospects and earning capacity.

See: Pearson v. The District of Columbia, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Civil Division, Civil Action No. 01-5296 (2002).

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