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$1,500 Settlement in DC Prisoner’s Stabbing

The District of Columbia (DC) paid $1,500 to settle a negligence suit by prisoner Thomas Bartley for injuries sustained from being stabbed.

While in the Central Facility of the DC Department of Corrections on October 29, 1998, Bartley was stabbed by other prisoners in the shoulder, head, and neck. His pro se complaint alleged negligence for failing to control contraband, and in his medical care.

As background, the complaint states the Central Facility was inadequately staffed and that it lacked necessary security devices to control prisoners, who were allowed to roam freely about. This permitted prisoners to obtain weapons, creating an atmosphere of constant fear for one’s safety.

Bartley accepted settlement on June 14, 2000. See: Bartley v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. CA 99-3050.

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Bartley v. District of Columbia