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District of Columbia to Pay $5,000 for Breach of Duty of Care

On October 2, 2000, a District of Columbia (D.C.) prisoner, Antonio Avery, accepted a $5,000 settlement for injuries he suffered during an attack on him by two other prisoners at Central Facility in Lorton, Virginia on June 11, 1999.

Filed in November 1999 by D.C. attorney Harry T. Spikes, the suit alleged Constitutional and civil rights violations on the part of corrections staff at the facility amounting to a breach of duty of care. As a result of the institutional and individual failures of the DOC and its staff, Avery sustained serious injury, as well as permanent mental, physical and emotional scars. Plaintiff asked for compensatory and punitive damages, along with attorney's fees and costs totaling $2 million. Avery agreed to dismiss the suit in return for the $5,000 payment.

See: Avery v. D.C. Gov't., Superior Court, D.C., Civ. Div., No. 99-8071.

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