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$22,500 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Stabbing

The District of Columbia paid $22,500 to settle the negligence suit filed by prisoner Lester Chance for injuries sustained from a stabbing by another prisoner.

While at the D.C. Jail on February 12, 2001, Chance was stabbed multiple times in the shoulder by another prisoner. He sustained permanent scarring and persistent pain and disability. The complaint details 22 other assaults with weapons, six resulting in death, at D.C. Department of Corrections facilities between 1996 and 1999.

The negligence claims are based on failure to control contraband, supervise prisoners, overcrowding, and failure to train and supervise staff.

Chance accepted settlement on December 10, 2002. He was represented by Washington D.C. Attorney Geoffrey D. Allen. See: Chance v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 01-4053.

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Chance v. District of Columbia