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D.C. Pays $5,000 Settlement in Stabbed Prisoner’s Failure to Protect Suit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $5,000 to settle the negligence suit of prisoner Antonio Avery for injuries resulting from a stabbing by other prisoners.

While at D.C.’s Central Facility in Lorton, Virginia on June 11, 1999, Avery was attacked by two other prisoners. They beat him with their fists and stabbed him in the face, penetrating the left side of his lip into his mouth. Prison officials had confidential information that his assailants planned to kill him before the attack, but failed to place him in protective custody.

The negligence claim was based on a failure to control contraband, monitor and control the movement of prisoners, properly staff the jail, and classify prisoners.

Avery accepted the settlement on October 2, 2000. He was represented by Washington, D.C. Attorney Harry T. Spikes. See: Avery v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 99-8071.

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Avery v. District of Columbia