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$1,500 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Denture Denial Lawsuit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $1,500 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Richard Hunter for deliberate indifference in refusing to provide him with dentures.

While at the D.C. Jail on November 9, 2000 Hunter informed the dental staff, Dr. Bowles, Dr. Hall and Dr. Hammond, that he had no teeth and required dentures. With the exception of a few days in March, 2002, Hunter was incarcerated from November 9, 2000 until his release in June, 2002 with no dentures and no soft/liquid diet.

His complaint alleged constant digestive problems, pain and suffering and deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Hunter accepted settlement on January 20, 2004. He was represented by Washington D.C. attorney Jeremy P. Evans. See: Hunter v. District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 01-2089.

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Hunter v. District of Columbia