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Sacramento County Agrees to Pay $7,500 after Prisoner Fell from Bunk

On August 30, 2005, the County of Sacramento agreed to pay $7,500 to a prisoner who fell from his bunk while at the Sacramento County Main Jail (SCMJ). The prisoner claimed deliberate indifference to his safety.

Peter Heines fell from his bunk head first, breaking his right foot and spraining his right hand while at SCMJ. During intake, medical staff noted that Heines required a “lower bunk/lower tier” due to a history of seizures, but this information was never transmitted to custodial staff. Heines was subsequently placed in the upper bunk from which he fell.

Heines was represented by Stewart Katz of Sacramento in his suit against the County.

See: Heines v. County of Sacramento, 04-2016 WBS-6614 (E.D. Cal. 2005).

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Heines v. County of Sacramento