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Washington DOC Agrees to Pay $15,000 to Settle Public Records Act Suit

On October 18, 2005, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to pay $15,000 to two prisoners who requested, but were denied, information under the Washington Public Disclosure Act.

Leslie Pounds and Shawn Greenhalgh sent a public disclosure request to the DOC for records concerning wage audits of private contractors that employ DOC prisoners for labor. Although the DOC had previously disclosed similar records in the past, the DOC declined to turn over more recent audit records this time around.

The DOC settled the case for $15,000. The plaintiffs were represented by Michael Kahrs of Seattle. See: Pounds v. Department of Corrections, Nol. 04-2-02472-0 (Sup. Ct. Wash – Thurston County).

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Pounds v. Department of Corrections