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$6,000 Settlement in D.C. Youth Prisoner’s Stabbing

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $6,000 to settle the negligence suit of prisoner Jeremiah Lester for injuries incurred from being stabbed by two other prisoners.

While at D.C.’s Youth Center One in Lorton, Virginia on May 16, 1999, Lester was assaulted and stabbed with metal contraband knives by two prisoners. He was stabbed in the right shoulder, had his right thumb nearly severed off, was stabbed in the right arm, in the left shoulder near his neck, twice in the back, and once in the upper shoulder blade.

His complaint alleged common law negligence for failing to control contraband, the movement of prisoners, lack of staffing, and improper classification of prisoners. Jacobs accepted settlement on May 12, 2003. He was represented by Washington D.C. Attorney Harry T. Spikes. See: Lester v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 99-5676.

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Lester v. District of Columbia