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$12,500 Settlement in the Failure to Protect DC Prisoner’s Stabbing

The District of Columbia (DC) paid $12,500 to settle the negligence suit filed by prisoner Ronald Brisbon for injuries sustained from a stabbing.

While at DC’s Central Facility on July 18, 2003, Brisbon was “brutally assaulted, battered, and stabbed” by another prisoner. The events went on for an extended period of time, during which no guard responded. It was alleged there was only one guard on the tier and another in the guard’s “control bubble.”

The negligence claim was based on the failure to control lethal contraband, to properly monitor and control prisoner movement, to properly shakedown to ensure contraband control, to classify and house prisoners, to react to an emergency situation, to have adequate staff, and to follow normal and accepted peneological practices.

Brisbon accepted settlement on February 27, 2006. He was represented by Rockville, Maryland attorney Samuel M. Shapiro. See: Brisbon v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 05-3705.

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Brisbon v. District of Columbia