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$9,500 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Transportation Suit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $9,500 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Quintin Vasciannie for deliberate indifference and unconstitutional conditions of confinement.

While being held at Lorton Correction of February 15, 2001, Vasciannie, along with several other prisoners, was picked up by Transportation Officers Lt. Jones, Cpl. Wood, Cpl. Smith, and Cpl. Hill to be transferred to Red Onion State Prison.

After being strip searched, officers told them that they could only wear a t-shirt, boxers, socks, slip-on shoes and a paper jumpsuit.

During the ten hour ride to Red Onion, officers stopped four times for gas, food and restroom breaks but denied prisoners requests for food and use of the restrooms. Unable to hold off using the restroom for ten hours, most prisoners, including Vasciannie, had to urinate in their clothes.

Vasciannie accepted settlement on December 18, 2003, acting pro se. See: Vasciannie v. District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 1:02-cv-00325.

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Vasciannie v. District of Columbia