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Washington DOC Agrees to Pay $5,000 to a Prisoner Who Was Harassed for Filing a Grievance

On May 23, 2007, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to pay $5,000 to a prisoner who was harassed after filing a complaint.

Vicki Cole was strip-searched by one guard in violation of DOC policy after a visit. Cole was told by staff to do an emergency grievance over the matter, but was later threatened by the staff member assigned to investigate the grievance because it was not an emergency matter. The investigator said he could write Cole a misconduct report. Ultimately, he tore the grievance up.

Still, though, Cole was again harassed over the matter. Cole filed a tort claim alleging negligence and emotional distress. The DOC settled the claim without suit. Cole was represented by Brett Purtzer of Monte E. Hester, Inc., a Tacoma firm.

See: In Re Claim of Cole, Claim # 31059712-02.

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In Re Claim of Cole