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$3,000 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Raw Sewage Suit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $3,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Arnold A. Jefferson for negligence.

While at the D.C. Jail on September 21, 1999, Jefferson was bitten by a “black worm” from backed up sewage pipes, causing him a bacterial infection. His complaint alleged negligence for failure to fix the sewage problems, which were so severe that the showers backed up with black, dirty water, causing unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Jefferson claimed the dirty sewage water was home to “black worms, crabs, lice, bacteria, and Legionnaire’s Disease.”

Jefferson accepted settlement on January 14, 2002 acting pro se. See: Jefferson v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. CA 1109.

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Jefferson v. District of Columbia