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Pierce County, Washington Unlawful Imprisonment Results in $1,000 Settlement

Washington State’s Pierce County Correction Center paid $1,000 to settle a prisoner’s claim for unlawful imprisonment.

On January 31, 2002, Mr. Ted D. Harris was arrested and released on bail after he served twenty-two days.

Harris was arrested on February 11, 2004. Twelve days later he entered a plea. For pleading guilty to “conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine,” Harris was sentenced to six months in jail with credit for time served.

After the jail only gave him credit for his second arrest, Harris sent “kites” repeatedly to the jail director, his attorney and the sentencing judge, with no response.

It was only after the court granted a motion, filed by Harris’s attorney that the jail released him, but it was two days past his sentence.

The claim filed by Harris sought damages for the two days of unlawful imprisonment and three months of mental anguish. Pierce County settled the claim on September 20, 2004.

See: Pierce County Risk Management Department Claim No. C.04.315-S027.

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