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D.C. Pays $80,000 to Settle Prisoner’s Civil Rights Suit

On August 2, 2006, the District of Columbia paid $80,000 to settle with a prisoner who alleged violations of his civil rights under the 5th and 8th Amendments and D.C.’s Lorton Act. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Plaintiff Grant Moctar claimed in his suit that he was transferred to the Maximum Security Facility in September 1994 without due process. While at MSF, Moctar was allegedly beaten by guards, subjected to unsanitary and environmentally hazardous conditions, and was the subject of abuse by other prisoners. Moctar further contended that prison officials failed to regularly review his segregation status in violation of the Lorton Act, 28 DCMR §§ 527.1 and 527.8. Moctar was not released into the general population until September 2000.

The $80,000 settlement included attorney’s fees. Moctar was represented by Peter N. Mann of Washington, D.C. See: Moctar v. District of Columbia, USDC DC, Case No. 1:04-cv-01907-JDB.

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Moctar v. District of Columbia